Maitai River Walkway follows the Maitai River through central Nelson. The walkway begins at the Maitai River mouth and extends for eight kilometres to Maitai Motor Camp in the Maitai Valley, passing through a mixture of urban and natural surroundings along the way. The walkway is a great option in summer as there are many swimming holes and picnic spots to stop at along the way.
|Length: 8.1 km Rutherford Park to Maitai Motor Camp; 2.8 km Riverside Pool to Sunday Hole||Time Required: 1 hr 30 min for walkers, 30 min for MTB (full length, one way)|
|Trail Type: Shared pathway/Walking track (sealed from Rutherford Park to Nile St)||Uses: Walking, running, cycling and MTB|
|Physical Difficulty: Easy||Primary Direction: Either|
|Start Elevation: 2 m||Finish Elevation: 45 m|
|Dog Access: Dogs are permitted||Links to: Botanical Hill Tracks, Codgers MTB Park, Dun Mountain Trail|
|Length: 8.1 km Rutherford Park to Maitai Motor Camp; 2.8 km Riverside Pool to Sunday Hole|
|Time Required: 1 hr 30 min for walkers, 30 min for MTB (full length, one way)|
|Trail Type: Shared pathway/Walking track (sealed from Rutherford Park to Nile St)|
|Physical Difficulty: Easy|
|Uses: Walking, running, cycling and MTB/td>|
|Start Elevation: 2 m|
|Finish Elevation: 45 m|
|Dog Access: Dogs are permitted|
|Links to: Botanical Hill Tracks, Codgers MTB Park, Dun Mountain Trail|
Maitai River Walkway can be accessed at numerous locations in the central city. Good starting points for walks are Millers Acre and Riverside Pool. The walkway can be completed as an out-and-back trip, or you can combine it with other tracks to create a longer circuit (Botanical Hill and Tantragee Saddle are good options). At the upstream end of the walkway there are car parks on each respective side of the motor camp.
The walkway is open to both walkers and cyclists, though as it is busy and narrow in sections, cyclists need to be respectful and courteous towards people on foot.
Beginning at the Maitai River mouth where QE2 Drive bridge crosses, the walkway begins as a wide promenade alongside Rutherford Park, with terraces stepping down to the river. The walkway passes crosses Trafalgar St, passes Nelson Visitor Centre at Millers Acre, then goes beneath the Collingwood St Bridge to Riverside Pool, where there is a footbridge across to Halifax St East.
Beyond Riverside the walkway goes beneath Bridge St and runs parallel with Domett St to Hardy St, where there is a pedestrian bridge crossing the river to Hardy St East (giving quick access to Botanical Hill). The walkway reaches Nile St soon after.
Beyond Nile St the walkway is unsealed,and undulates on the bank adjacent to Girlies swimming hole, before following the river bend and going beneath Nile St again (Cloustons Bridge). The walkway follows the top of a stop bank through Hanby Park and a boardwalk sidles the rock face above Black swimming hole. The walkway goes beneath Maitai Valley Rd at Jickells Bridge and weaves between native plantings past Dennes swimming hole around the Maitai Cricket Ground, before reaching the Maitai Valley Rd again at Gibbs Bridge. After Sunday swimming hole the walkway crosses pasture, before running alongside Waahi Taakaro Golf Course and then Maitai Aboretum, across the river from the Maitai Motor Camp (where the Maitai Camp swimming hole is located). At the end of the walkway a footbridge crosses the river to Maitai Valley Rd, where there is a small car park.
Maitai River swimming water quality – Land, Air and Water Aotearoa
Maitai Valley, Nelson – The Prow article