Cardiff Centennial Walkway


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 contour.

From the car park on Opunake Rd the walkway follows the river on both banks upstream from the Opunake Rd bridge for approximately 1.5km (giving a total length of 3km).

The walkway is a pleasant walk through farmland and natural bush and gives access to points of historical significance otherwise little known beyond the immediate locality. 

Adequate supplies of water for the nearby Cardiff Co-Operative Dairy Factory sunk after the factory was built in 1891. Ultimately supplies were established by a well, by water from the Waingongoro River and by a bore, thus making the area one of the first dairy factory water supplies in New Zealand. The factory closed in 1951.

Visit the sites of two weirs built to run a double ram system which pumped water to the Cardiff Co-Operative Dairy Factory. This site also features a recently constructed swingbridge.

Provision has been made for a short sidetrack, which ends at a cliff-top look-out platform above the river giving views of the mountain, the surrounding farm land and a 55m natural gas pipeline bridge. 

If your time is limited, or if you just want to sit back and enjoy nature, then follow some steps and after a short two to three minute stroll through a natural bush pathway you will discover a picnic area. From this area you catch a glimpse of the river and its stoney banks. Seats and a table are provided but we recommend enjoying your picnic on the river bank to the sound of the water and native bird song.

This walkway is ideally suited for combining with a day’s outing to Dawson Falls in Egmont National Park or Hollard Gardens near Kaponga.

Contact Details

Physical Address

Waingoro river, Cardiff, Stratford