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Canaan Downs Scenic Reserve

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Canaan Loop mountain bike trail

A windy gravel road leads into this remote mountain top sanctuary (except when the Luminate... read more

Reviewed February 10, 2019
Castlemaine, Australia
Amazing scenery

This is a really good quality gravel road with quite magical scenery that changes a lot along the... read more

Reviewed January 13, 2017
Hamilton, New Zealand
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Canaan Downs Rd, Takaka, New Zealand
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Reviewed February 10, 2019

A windy gravel road leads into this remote mountain top sanctuary (except when the Luminate Festival is in full swing). A great variety of walking trails plus the Canaan Loop mountain bike trail of around 17 kms. A real mix of landscapes including some beautiful...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank xartec
Reviewed September 29, 2018

Been here so many times I can't remember now. The view from the look out is absolutely amazing. It is worth the drive down the narrow winding gravel road - trust me.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank JamesH1421
Reviewed May 9, 2017

a great interesting walk. beautiful tranquil very amazing scenery, A must for everyone to do, we took a picnic and sat at the end where you go to abseil down and someone down the bottom was playing the pan flute which was just beautiful

Date of experience: January 2017
Thank DebbieG2501
Reviewed March 8, 2017

Easy to see why Lord of the Rings (parts of it) where filmed here. The walk to Gorge lookout is steep and very rocky but worth it. Climbing over the rocks to get to the vista once you are at the top is treacherous but...More

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank Laura J
Reviewed January 13, 2017

This is a really good quality gravel road with quite magical scenery that changes a lot along the drive in. Drove through the reserve on way to Harwoods Hole. It's quite surreal in places through some of the forest. Looks like a nice out of...More

Date of experience: January 2017
Thank AliC646
Reviewed January 11, 2017 via mobile

I really liked this spot. The gravel road seemed to go on for quite some time and was a tad narrow in places with our van and it was $6 charge once you arrived however there was running water and drop toilets. The smaller toilet...More

Date of experience: January 2017
1  Thank gabriellec160
Reviewed January 4, 2017

The road out is not for the faint hearted, it is gravel and would not be recommended for large caravans/campers. Stick to it and you'll be rewarded with the Canaan Downs 'freedom camping' area (before you get to the DoC site). There is a map...More

Date of experience: December 2016
1  Thank Beth P
Reviewed November 9, 2016

Didn't stay at the reserve - it is the inland entry to the fantastic Abel Tasman National Park. The bush and walk to the hole are incredible. The stones there are uneven in places, the hole is scarily deep, and unfenced, be very careful with...More

Date of experience: February 2016
1  Thank dadofseth
Reviewed July 30, 2016 via mobile

We went here on a rather wet day, but the scenery was beautiful. The Downs are a huge piece of rolling fields with many animals living here, including lots of sheep (it is NZ afterall). We saw a few geese and what may have been...More

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank Shauna B
Reviewed May 24, 2016

We drove the 11km windy and narrow road in to Canaan Downs to walk to Harwood's Hole. The road itself is quite an interesting driving through an unusual landscape of grass, bush and large rocks. However it should be driven with caution as there are...More

Date of experience: May 2016
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