Trail Info

Trail type: Walking
Direction: Loop

Walking Duration: 1 hr 30 mins
Loop track but can also add a side track to a cliff-top lookout
Distance: 3 km

Cycling Grade: 2
Moderate Walking Track
Gradient: Moderate
Some steep gradients

Dog Friendly: Yes

Starts at the large carpark on Opunake Rd (Cardiff Rd end)

The Cardiff Centennial Walkway is situated on the Waingongoro River at Cardiff, approximately 6km from Stratford. It is a pleasant walkway through farmland and natural bush which gives access to points of local historical significance. 

The walkway is an attractive and tranquil riverbank walk. Changes of direction and elevation provide variety as there are steep slopes and river flats. There is a well-maintained path through bush and farmland with some steep gradients following the natural contou and swing-bridge at the halfway point.

Look out for the two weirs built to dam the river and supply water to the Cardiff Co-operative Dairy Factory that operated from 1891 to 1951.

After the swing-bridge, a short side track leads to a cliff-top lookout platform with views of the mountain, the surrounding farmland and a 55m natural gas pipeline bridge. You can also enjoy beautiful views of the river and its stony banks from a picnic area which is located a short stroll from the carpark. This walkway was developed by members of the Cardiff Branch of Federated Farmers to coincide with the centennial of the Cardiff School and District in May 1986.


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