The Rakaia River begins in the Southern Alps, and travels 150km before entering the Pacific Ocean. For much of its journey it is braided, through a wide shingle bed. But for a short distance it is confined in a narrow canyon, known as The Rakaia Gorge. On the northern side of this gorge is a picturesque walkway, called The Rakaia Gorge Walkway. It is about an hours drive from Christchurch.
The Walkway begins at the Rakaia Gorge Bridges, which cross the river at a narrow point, and make use of an island to create two bridges. The bridge on the left was built in 1882, and is heritage listed.
To see the Rakaia Gorge Walkway in spring, click here.