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Address: Banks Peninsula, Akaroa, New Zealand

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Would be amazing in perfectly clear weather!

Really lovely walking tracks. Everything is well signposted and there are informative signs along the tracks. We went when there was some low cloud. We ended up so high we were... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
HannahNZ1991
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really lovely walking tracks. Everything is well signposted and there are informative signs along the tracks. We went when there was some low cloud. We ended up so high we were fully clouded over. Definitely visit in fine weather for those picture perfect views. Bring a jacket as it was windy and foggy and conditions can change fast.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017

Hinewai Reserve is the result of the vision of the extraordinary (yet humble) botanist Hugh Wilson who has nursed this old area of farmland back to a diverse botanical treasure. Explore the many tracks that Hugh and his team have built here and enjoy the diverse fauna and flora. There is even the option of hiring the Hinewai Lodge to... More 

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Gold Coast, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2017

This is a short but steep drive out of Akaroa ,but great to see care in restoring this hill area overlooking the harbour. Take a picnic,a back pack or just stroll. It is back to the past.

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Narangba, Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2017

This was a spur of the moment decision to walk here, and I'm so glad I did. Absolutely beautiful. It was so amazing to have such beautiful well maintained walking tracks all to myself at peak tourist time. The park manager, Hugh, is an absolute gem! Highly recommend trying out some of the trails.

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Thank Suzanne M
Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2017

Lovely day out in the area. Stunning views would definitely visit again & would reccommend to others

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Darlington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 18, 2016

We walked (as part of the Banks Peninsula track) from Stony Bay to Akaroa (via the saddle) and this involved walking for a couple of hours through the Hinewai reserve. The paths within the reserve are very well marked - including side paths to waterfalls and view points. Our path also crossed a pure spring water stream - where a... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2016 via mobile

Walk to top of Stony Bay Peak Approx 800m About 3 or bit more hours return from akaroa city Pretty - we had good weather

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2016 via mobile

Amazing project undertaken by the landowners. We didn't have that long so we did a circuit of the waterfalls (east then south then west track). It had rained that morning so track was quite slippery (plenty of warnings about this) and I wished I'd worn sneakers. Was also quite steep (also signposted) so if you are very unfit or have... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2016

The hike from the car park on top on Long Bay Rd to the beach at Otanerito Bay is listed in the famous hiking book "202 Great Walks, the Best Day Walks in New Zealand." I did the hike yesterday and enjoyed it very much. Top and bottom portions of the hike are open. All the rest is through forest... More 

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Flowood, Mississippi
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2016

This reserve is a short drive from Akaroa and the drive out is very scenic. I had limited time available to spend in the reserve but am so glad that I got up early enough on the day I had to check out of my Akaroa lodging to go for a hike in Hinewai. There are many options as far... More 

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