Pareora River Track
Follow along the banks of the Pareora River to the river dam. Limestone rocks provide drama on the banks and tall trees provide plenty of shade.
Start by climbing over the style on the road indicated by the sign. The track is well trodden but has an uneven surface and can be muddy in the winter. It is grassed to begin with, but under the trees is beaten earth and tree roots.
The track is never far from the river which is fast running and provides a happy murmur in the background. Limestone rocks provide drama on the banks and in the distance. Tall trees provide plenty of shade.
The dam can be reached in an easy 40 minutes and rewards your walking effort. Swimming near the dam is not advised.
This walk can be reached from either side of the river but if you arrive at Evans Crossing you will need to drive or walk across the ford to get to the track on the northern or true left side of the river.
From Timaru city, head south on King Street/SH 1. Turn right onto Beaconsfield Road and follow this until you reach Holme Station Road. Turn left onto Holme Station Road and follow this until you reach Evan's Crossing. Turn right and continue until you reach the river ford. NOTE: Do not cross the ford if flooded.