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Hinewai Reserve

Banks Peninsula, Akaroa, New Zealand
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Ranked #4 of 8 attractions in Akaroa
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Traveler Description: Hinewai is a 1250 ha reserve 8 km from Akaroa.  It has a large network of tracks including one whuch takes you down to the local beach.  There are... more »
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banbury
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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22 helpful votes 22 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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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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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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Nelson, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

When you have only a day and can't do all of the wonderful Banks Peninsula Track, then venture in to the Hinewai Reserve. There are multiple tracks to explore and you are right in the depths of nature although you do pop out from time to time to capture wonderful views while you enjoy a breather and some sustenance. Track... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

so many tracks to walk so you can choose how far you want to go. The birds are all around you in the bush. Wouldnt go there if it had been raining, some parts would be hard to walk if slippery.

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Antwerp, Belgium
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3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

A beautiful area with lots of walking-options. Never too many people. Quiet and peaceful. Lots of pretty signs, very clear where to go... Lots of variety. From bush to open space with beautiful views. Perfect for a few hours, or the whole day. Interesting visitorscentre too. And we heard lots of positive about the manager, but unfortunatly haven't met him... More

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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

Deep forest experience taking you close to nature. Beauty at its heart.The soft ferns gave a body massage as you brushed passed them.Connection to the forest. This is cool.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

Our group of 4 Aussies and a Kiwi were lucky enough to be accompanied by two of Hinewai's legends on our recent 4 day walk on Banks TRack. We learned more than you would ever read through careful explanation and sincere delight in all that surrounded us. Thankyou Hugh Wilson and Paul Newport - you made our walk unforgettable.

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Otago
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3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2012

If you are completing the Banks Peninsula Track then day four you walk through the Hinewai Reserve. Or the Hinewai Reseve is easily accessed from Akaroa. This is a great place to walk for a day and listen to the bird song. Fabulous

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