Linda Woods Reserve

Coronavirus – What you need to know

The reserves are open to visitors. Spending time outdoors in nature is more important than ever.

Level 1 – Covid -19

It feels great to be back in Level 1. Most restrictions have now lifted however we ask that you:

  • Continue to wash your hands before and after visiting
  • Sneeze and cough into your elbow
  • Stay home if you are unwell
  • Keep a diary of when you have visited

Please get out and about and enjoy our reserves. Spending time in nature has so many benefits. There are a range of different walks from open tussock grassland to dense native bush.

At Ohinetahi Reserve and Linda Woods Reserve, you may walk your dog. They must be on a short lead at all times. Please clean up any mess and remove from the reserve. Dogs are not permitted at Omahu Bush.

On 5 October 2018, the Summit Road Society took possession of Tussock Hill farm after several years of negotiation. This acquisition was made possible through donations and bequests from members, most notably the late Jack Hutchinson and current President Bill Woods.

Renamed to the Linda Woods Reserve, the 233ha property is located between the Avoca and Horotane Valleys. It is being developed into an open space reserve for the people of Christchurch to enjoy. This process is going to take time and we appreciate your patience. The reserve completes the network of reserves on the Eastern Port Hills and it’s important we take the time to get things right.

In the meantime, the public is permitted to enter the Linda Woods Reserve. Please be aware that the reserve is not yet developed and extra care and vigilance is required. Tracks are limited and there are farming and natural hazards.

  • There is an active rockfall hazard present on the property.
    • Do not enter the reserve during periods of aftershocks.
    • Do not enter the reserve within 48 hours of heavy rain.
    • Be mindful of rock outcrops above steep terrain.
    • No stopping in areas where rock outcrops are overhead.
    • While we mitigate the rockfall hazard, please be cautious. Entry is at your own risk.
  • The terrain is steep. Mind your footing at all times.
  • There are limited farm tracks only, some of which are in rough condition. Please keep to tracks at all times.
  • The best access is from Duncan Park (off Port Hills Road). Follow the pipe to the gate into the Linda Woods Reserve. Access from Horotane Valley Road has been temporarily closed as we develop a safe pedestrian route.
  • Access is also available from the Summit Road and from Rapaki track.
  • There are sheep onsite to keep down woody weeds and to reduce the fire risk. Please keep your distance.
  • Please be aware there are pools of water for stock purposes.
  • There are no toilets or drinking water on site.
  • Dogs are permitted but must be on the lead at all times.

    The Society is currently in the process of developing a management plan for the reserve. There will be opportunities for the public and stakeholder groups to give feedback so please keep an eye on our website and Facebook page.