Posts Tagged ‘Waimakariri River’

Baynons Brake a Welcome New Recreational Facility

2 October 2013

130921 Baynons Brake Riding Trails (300x225)Baynons Brake is a series of horse riding trails that have been established by Environment Canterbury Regional Council on the northern Waimakariri river banks in the Clarkville area.

They are part of the Waimakariri River Park and have tidied up and given purpose to an area that had been misused in the past by hoons in 4-wheel drives and the like.

Space has been put side for parking horse floats and fencing has been put in.

The area includes the stopbank in places and signposted trails that give riders a variety of choices in the area between the stopbank and the river.

The facility was recently opened (in the rain!) despite the fact that the recent storm had done a lot of damage.

Well done to David Owen and the crew at ECan!


Corners of Waimakariri: The River Mouth at Kairaki

7 March 2013

130203 Waimakariri River Mouth at Kairaki (400x300)

The mouth of the Waimakariri is  popular salmon-fishing and whitebaiting spot.

The line of breakers in the distance marks the bar, treacherous for boaties and for the small ships that used to come into Kaiapoi.

Recently the Council and ECan have upgraded the carpark.

Text Alerts on Bridge Closures – Ashley and Old Waimakariri

20 August 2012

If you would like to be on the list to receive text alerts about bridge closures and re-openings, email your name and cellphone number to Please put ‘Bridge Closure Text Alerts’ as the subject of your email.

Note: The text alerts are for both the Ashley and Old Waimakariri Bridges. There isn’t an option to just receive alerts for just one of the bridges.

Update on Bridges

8 January 2012

I’m often asked about some of our bridges.

Williams Street Bridge, Kaiapoi

This came out of the earthquakes quite well – it’s the approach on the nothern side that is now rubbish, and getting worse. As for the bridge itself, the Kaiapoi Town Centre Plan proposes that parking be removed and the footpaths made wider to allow people to linger and look up and down the river.  There will be seating on it as well.

Ashley River Bridge at Cones Road, Rangiora

The Council is endeavouring to get a replacement put on to the Canterbury Regional Transport Plan and the chances are very good.  It is intended that this will be wide enough for cyclists and pedestrians to cross it in safety.   The total cost is likely to be in the area of $10m, but it will attract a 60% subsidy from the NZ Transport Agency if the project it approved.

Old Waimakariri Cycle & Pedestrian Clipons

Not much joy here, I’m afraid. The bridge is jointly owned by Waimakariri and Christchurch and neither Council is very keen on doing the work without NZTA subsidy.  To get this will require a change in Government policy direction towards pedestrian and cycle facilities.

Waimakariri Gorge Bridge

This bridge, jointly owned by Waimakariri and Selwyn, is to get a new deck very soon.  Both councils have budgeted for it.  The common claim that the two councils have been arguing over it is urban myth.

The Waimakariri Gorge Bridge with a train about to cross it, ca.1921

Why Does the Old Waimakariri Bridge Keep Getting Closed? – and is there something positive we can take from it?

19 May 2009

The old Waimakariri bridge on the Main North Road is a shared responsibility of the Christchurch City Council and the Waimakariri District Council.

It is currently closing whenever the river is high because of a fear that strong river flows are scouring out under the piles.

In the coming financial year (July 2009 to June 2010), remedial work will be undertaken to fix the problem.

And the bright side?  Because there will have to be a crane in the river, the two councils are taking the opportunity to bring forward a planned pedestrian/cycle clip-on, to be done at the same time as the work on the piles.

The long-requested clip-on is not far away!

The old Waimakariri River road bridge viewed from under the railway bridge

The old Waimakariri River road bridge viewed from under the railway bridge

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