The Braided Waters Trail

New Zealand is known for so many fantastic walkways. But for every traveler who wants to head away from the ‘beaten path’ – here’s the perfect place.

Ashburton’s Braided Waters/Lake Hood Trail is a hidden gem. It’s easily accessible, yet peaceful and away from the traditional ‘tourist track.’


The Braided Waters/Lake Hood Trail

Where: Ashburton, Mid Canterbury – one hour from Christchurch City

Grade: Easy

Walking Time: 2 hours

Starting in Ashburton at the south end of the State Highway One Ashburton River Bridge, the track meanders 7.4km to the top of Lake Hood. The track passes through plantation areas, natural vegetation and along the bank of the river. Many varieties of birds can be seen and heard. A further 1.1km will take you to the Lake House Restaurant and views across Lake Hood.  View the trail map.

Cricklewood House is  in a lovely, quiet location close to the Walkway, with spacious, beautiful gardens where you can plan your travels and unwind. Your welcoming hosts (Gyneth and David) will make it easy for you to access the track – just ask.

Cricklewood is refreshing, modern purpose-built accommodation. It’s a contemporary bed & breakfast where your total comfort is fully catered for.

A formal dining room with period furniture is a special setting for breakfast, as well as dinner (booking required within 24hrs of meal please). Guest favourites include a traditional Kiwi lamb roast, with fresh garden vegetables and homemade pavlova.

Cricklewood features one king size bedroom with ensuite, one queen size bedroom with shared guest bathroom, and one room with two single beds, also with shared bathroom. 

There are so many ways to Experience Mid Canterbury - fantastic places to stay and people to meet.

It’s easy to book accommodationand plan your visit – find Mid Canterbury visitor information here.

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