Last Updated: 17th Apr 2024


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Te Whariki Hikoi

Lincoln, Canterbury

Submitted by Tony Sharpe

Last Updated: 17th Apr 2024


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Grunt Factor: 3 ?

Gnarl Factor: 8 ?








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Type of Run



Totally/mostly flat

Dog Friendly



Open farmlands

Open tussock/grasslands


Run Makeup


Sealed Road

Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +0.9%

Average Downhill Gradient: -0.7%


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A really enjoyable meander around the wetlands and reserve trails on the fringes of the rapidly developing township of Lincoln.

The route is mostly intuitive but you may wish to consult the map and GPX for any links between reserves half way round.

A bit of history: In 2007, Lincoln University and Ngāi Tahu Property Limited formed a joint venture to develop the decommissioned Dairy Block west of the university. Both parties made a commitment that the development would help with the restoration of waterways which feed Te Waihora (Lake Ellesmere). That has remained a central focus of the urban design and master-planning process.

Te Taumutu Rūnanga have worked closely with Ngāi Tahu Property to restore old waterways, re-establish native plants, integrate modern stormwater treatment systems, and bring to life, through street and reserve names, a number of place and species names associated with Te Waihora.

Alongside this Ngāi Tahu history, Te Whāriki also draws inspiration from Lincoln University’s history. The development, neighbourhood and street names all carry significant meanings. The end product is simply awesome, lots of birdlife and expansive views accross to the Port Hills to the east and Southern Alps to the West.

A wee gem and a perfect lunchtime blast.

A working living laboratory of what can be achieved for nature alongside urban development.

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Plenty of parking around the adjoining streets. Buses available from Christchurch to Lincoln University.

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Grab the map and GPX so you don't miss a turn in the links between the reserves half way round.

Perfect throughout.

Whistle, Cellphone, Map

Bring water with you.

Occasionally the wetlands may flood parts of the track after extreme rare events.

Mind out if the swans had younglings.

The Laboratory
Lincoln Village
Great food and craft beer

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Tony Sharpe

Tony Sharpe

has completed Te Whariki Hikoi 3 times in the last year.

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Based on the photos, I had high hopes of seeing cows, a black swan, and a white swan on this run. Saw all three! Celebrated with lunch at The Laboratory afterwards. Highly recommend.

Matt Halverson

June 16

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