Coopers Lagoon

Short Walks

Coopers Lagoon is a wetland reserve with access to a wild coastal beach.

Quick tips:

  • No dogs
  • The area is not signposted
  • The closest public toilets can be found at Southbridge Pool

Coopers Lagoon, a wetland reserve, is just inland from the coast, and south of Taumutu. It combines lagoon wetlands with a wild coastal beach. Take the time to explore the area and observe the birdlife. Walk along the stony beach and collect interesting stones or driftwood. Be prepared for windy and exposed conditions. The beach is known for dangerously strong currents and is not recommended for swimming.

Getting there: 

Starting point for Coopers Lagoon is near Southbridge and approximately 80 minutes drive from Christchurch. Via Southbridge – travel through Southbridge on High Street towards the sea and turn left into Milltown Road (approximately 2km). Milltown Road winds around a few corners then ends at a crossroad intersection. Turn right into Inwoods Road. Follow Inwoods Road for approximately 4km until it becomes McEvedys Road. Travel 2.4km down McEvedys Road until you reach a small bridge and carpark. Note: McEvedys Road becomes a gravel road after approximately 1km.

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