The Rakaia River starts from the Southern Alps and travels 150kms before entering the Pacific Ocean just south of Christchurch. It runs through wide shingle beds for most of its length. As it approaches the Canterbury plains it's forced through a narrow channel, which is known as the Rakaia Gorge.
The Rakaia Gorge bridge was completed in 1882 and provides an inland alternative to the more frequently used Rakaia River bridge just north of the township, 'Rakaia'.
The Rakaia Gorge walk begins from the northern side of the bridge. The view from most of the track looks out over the gorge, but at times is hidden by trees.
The walk passes through several forest and scrub areas before climbing the gorse-lined historic ferryman's track.
It takes about 45 minutes to get to the lookout point.
|View from the lookout point.|
A variety of native plants edge the track, along with a selection of wild flowers.There were even some wild raspberries.
Although the track takes about 3 to 4 hours to get to the end, I couldn't finish it because an area was too boggy to cross. So I returned the same way I'd come.
Unfortunately no dogs are allowed on the track.