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Explore Selwyn – Lake Coleridge township

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Lake Coleridge is one of Selwyn’s hidden spots which offers spectacular views of the mountains on your way there and great views of the Rakaia River.

A short walk begins from a lookout point over the Rakaia River. A pathway follows the course of the tailrace through bush to reach the Lake Coleridge Power Station. The building was New Zealand’s first large power station and was built between 1911 and 1914. The imposing hydro-electric station provided all of Christchurch’s power in the early twentieth century. When you reach the station you can either return back along the path or walk through the village and turn back down Kowai Road.

Another walking option in the village is to visit the Lake Coleridge Arboretum which is a 1km, 20 minute walk accessible from Hummock Hill Road. The village is located around 3km from the lake which offers more walking and sightseeing opportunities..

Time/Distance: 20 minutes, just over 1km

Difficulty: Easy. Not suitable for buggies, wheelchairs or pre-school children as the path is located next to the river bank which has a steep cliff

How to get there: To access the lookout walk you can park outside the Lake Coleridge cemetery and walk towards the gorge. Lake Coleridge is located off Coleridge Road from State Highway 77 and is around 1 hour, 15 minutes from Rolleston or 50 minutes from Darfield.

View of Lake Coleridge

Lake Coleridge pump station

Last Changed: 17 May 2017


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