Events, plus information about any closures or partial closures of park facilities are notified on the Parks Notice and Events pages.
The main entrance to McLeans Forest is on McLeans Island Road, just before Orana Park if you are coming from Christchurch. There is also access along the stopbanks by foot or cycle from the intersection of Haul Road and McLeans Island Road.
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McLeans Forest is the perfect place for family and friends to enjoy a relaxing day out. With a 10 km walking track, a 15.5 km mountain biking track and a large picnic area with toilet facilities, people of all ages can have an enjoyable time.
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Walking and mountain biking tracks may be closed from time to time due to forestry operations. Watch out for vehicles and deep water holes which are used for fire-fighting, and stay out of the forest during strong winds as trees or large branches may fall.
Fire is a constant threat to this forest. The lighting of fires and smoking is strictly prohibited. If you see smoke or fire, call 111 immediately and leave the forest. Golf courses and other large open areas which have short green grass are safe places in a fire emergency.
When you cross the stopbank, you enter the river. River levels sometimes rise rapidly following north-westerly weather and the tracks will occasionally flood. Dirty water on tracks should never be entered, as flooding may have altered the track making it unsafe, or water may be deeper than it looks.
As recently as the 1920s, a branch of the Waimakariri River flowed to the south of McLeans Island along what is now McLeans Island Road. Since the 1930s, various river control measures have pushed the river to the north of the island, allowing recreation development to occur. Since the late 1960s, a wide range of recreation developments have taken place and these are now contained within the Waimakariri River Regional Park boundaries.
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