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Hinewai Reserve

Address: Banks Peninsula, Akaroa, New Zealand
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Ranked #5 of 11 Attractions in Akaroa
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015 NEW

Tracks were really well maintained and signposted. Wonderful nature reserve and well worth a visit. Quite remarkable that it was the vision of one individual.

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Stanfordville, New York
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

The botanist Hugh Wilson has transferred a large barren piece of land into a wonderful paradise of waterfalls, pungas and other ferns. There are even Tui birds now breeding there. One can do a little walk or lovely treck right down to the beach.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

We drove up here for a look on a wet day. Low clouds made it very misty and the winding roads added to the atmosphere. This place is a gem. Unfortunately I managed to back into a ditch on the way out but thankfully it was only 30mins before some people passed and towed us out.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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55 reviews 55 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

A walk through the 1250 acres of Hinewai is a glimpse into what was here before human habitation - bush and birds. A fantastic project, with heaps of walks.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

It's 15 years since we last visited, and it is great to see the progress that has been made in restoring native bush. Stunning scenery, bird song everywhere. So we got lost and walked twice as far as intended, but it was worth it.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Wonderful the way they are bringing the native bush back and doing research. Very interesting visitors centre with all the photos, books and information of Hinewai. Lots of tracks.

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banbury
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7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

We had been to visit the Fisherman's Bay gardens and passed the Hinewa reserve on the way back so thought that we would have a quick look round - BIG mistake, this is one of those places where you need to spend at least half a day to really appreciate it. Its creation and maintenance are a real labour of... More 

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Black Isle
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23 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

This area is a couple of kilometres above the Akaroa Top Ten Camp Site. You can access from different points but the proper access with car park leads you down to the the manager's office, display area and the accommodation block. We did meet a group of workers, one of whom was Hugh, all dressed up, kitted out with spades,... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

We really enjoyed our 2 hours spent walking around a little of this large reserve. At the hut, we spent time looking at all the photos and records of the area. What a great job they are doing to keep records and regenerate this unique bush. The leaftlet provided clear maps and showed all the walks which were well sign-posted.... More 

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Peak District National Park, United Kingdom
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11 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

On a two week visit from UK my daughter had this hidden gem on the itinerary. We visited Fishermans Bay from Akaroa, the various viewpoints, then wondered on to the Hinewai Reserve. Beautiful well maintained tracks, extensive range of named plants, birds in abundance especially the 'fantails'. We walked down to the beautiful small 'fushia falls' which were a delight.... More 

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