Grey River Nature Trail
1 hr return
Beginning at the northern end of Grey River picnic area, this well benched loop-trail is particularly suitable for family groups.
A fine example of the diversity of the native bush on the Canterbury Plains, the walk passes through mixed tawhai/podocarp forest, including black beech/tawhai, rimu, kahikatea, and matai.
Of particular interest are the oyster shells embedded in a bank 700 metres above sea level. These are thought to be 10 - 20 million years old and indicate where the coastline was at that time. Please leave for all to enjoy.
Close by is a cave which was created by water erosion.
Mt Grey/Maukatere Forest is 15 km east of Amberley. Amberley is 57 km north of Christchurch on State Highway 1.
From here take Douglas Road. This road branches off the main road to Broomfield and becomes Cramptons Bush Road after the Brodies Road intersection.
Access is not available through Ashley Forest from Rangiora.
Vehicle access is limited to forest roads between Lake Janet Picnic Area and the Grey River Picnic Area.
Be aware that heavy vehicles and logging trucks use these roads, and they may be closed during periods of high fire risk.
Current access conditions: Phone Rayonier NZ Ltd, +64 3 310 7612 or 027 480 9279, and an answerphone will inform you whether the gate is locked or not.
Plan and prepare
- Light no fires.
- If you see a fire or smoke, dial 111.
- Take extreme care with fire at all times.
Be prepared for sudden weather changes on the longer walks. Take warm and waterproof clothes.
Beware of wasps here in summer. Wasp populations reach high numbers from January to March each year.
It is recommended that forest users carry wasp first aid kits as a precaution. These are generally available from chemists.
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