Field Trip: Styx River

The trip entails a mix of bussing and walking from the top of the Styx River to the bottom (time permitting). In total there will be about 2.5km of easy walking. It will begin at Nunweek Park (Wooldridge Rd.) where there is ample parking for cars or bikes. The Forest and Bird banner will signal the gathering point. From there we will travel briefly by bus to Croftwood Place and walk along the attractively landscaped dry channel to Chilvers Lane. Then on to the Styx Conservation Reserve, Hussey Road entrance, and walk through to exit on Styx Mill Road. By this point there is always a strong flow of clear spring water.

Next stop will be the Redwood Springs which are the best, publically accessible, springs in the City. CCC have attractively landscaped the area and there is a nice linear park paralleling the river. From Redwood on to the Radcliffe Road entrance of a nicely planted (unnamed) reserve running broadly parallel to the Styx. There are artificial lakes here which water fowl enjoy. This leads us to the Kaputone (Kaputahi) Stream, the major tributary of the Styx and thence out a secondary exit onto Marshland Road. Carefully crossing the road on foot takes us into Lower Styx Road and the Janet Stewart Reserve, a small but attractive reserve now somewhat diminished by (earthquake?) raised water levels but still nice. From Janet Stewart we will proceed down Lower Styx Road to Brooklands, now almost non-existent, turn left briefly into Kainga Road and park at the bridge.

The final walk is about 400m, go and return, to the flood gates from which there is an expansive view over the Waimakariri estuary to Kairaki. This short length of the river was restored by the Soroptimists Club about 20 years ago from a dumping site into a delightful stretch of tranquil, reed-fringed and planted waterway.

Time permitting we will go to the end of the road in Brooklands and have a quick look over the lagoon. Thence back to Nunweek Park. The themes of the trip will be the six values by which CCC manages all our urban waterways. These are: Landscapes, ecology, recreation, culture, heritage and drainage.

For more information on the Styx River, check out the website of the Styx-Purakunui Living Laboratory Trust here.

We look forward to travelling with you on this trip. Please email Hugh Thorpe hughthorpe20@gmail.com to confirm your attendance. There is a cost of $20 per person for the bus hire.

Please pay $20 into 06 0829 0090255 30
with reference: Styx
and particulars: Your name 

or make cheque payable to: Forest and Bird North Canterbury 
                         and send to: Hugh Thorpe, 4 Abberfield Lane, St Albans 8014