CURRENT WALKWAY STATUS:
TIROMOANA BUSH & MT CASS WALKWAYS REOPEN
We are pleased to advise that both walkways are now open for public use.
Please ensure you wear appropriate footwear and clothing suitable for weather conditions.
Transwaste Canterbury Ltd. is committed to establishing recreational opportunities and facilitating public use as part of the management of Tiromoana Bush. Public use is a major focus of the Tiromoana Bush restoration project and includes recreational access, educational use and scientific research.
A public walking track has been established which links Mt Cass Road to the coast. It is about 4 km to the coast with a height difference of 280 m, and the walk usually takes 3 hours return. A car park is located adjacent to the Mt Cass Road, with three lookouts along the route providing spectacular views of Tiromoana Bush itself, including wetlands and forests, together with spectacular coastal cliffs, Pegasus Bay and Banks Peninsula in the distance. A toilet is located just past the turnoff to the coastal cliff-top lookout. The track leads to the remote beach where Kate Stream enters Pegasus Bay, with the option to explore further along this beach. The return loop on the southern side of the valley allows walkers to traverse through the heart of Tiromoana Bush and return to the Mt Cass Road car park via bush remnants and wetlands, with further spectacular views along the coast. This walk has a bit of everything, and offers rewards for people at many levels.
Download PDF of Tiromoana Bush Walkway brochure and map.
Download PDF of Mt Cass Walkway brochure and map.
Schools and tertiary institutions from Canterbury and further afield are taking advantage of the educational opportunities available at Tiromoana Bush to learn about biodiversity, forest restoration, wildlife and conservation, and to participate in some of the activities involved such as tree planting. Scientific research providers are very enthusiastic about using the area for restoration and other conservation research. Information boards will be placed along the public walkway once completed explaining the restoration processes occurring.
Tiromoana Bush has the potential to become a major draw card in the Hurunui District and Canterbury region, attracting a wide variety of people ranging from Sunday afternoon strollers to serious tampers, eco-tourists, school and tertiary students, scientists and others interested in conservation and environmental restoration.
However, Tiromoana Bush is not available for mountain bike use or horses because of potential conflict with other values in the area.