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“Go to Taumutu”
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Akaroa Swim with Dolphins Tour from Christchurch
Christchurch, New Zealand
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54 reviews
21 attraction reviews
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“Go to Taumutu”
Reviewed April 23, 2012

From that side of the lake you view Banks Peninsula across water. It's unlike any perspective of the peninsula you will ever see. Find the marae, Ngati Moki, and follow the road from the corner down to the sea. Just a short walk over to look south.

Visited December 2011
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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“Stunning local secret place”
Reviewed February 8, 2012

Nothing prepares you for the wilderness and feeling of remoteness but only a couple of minutes by kayak from Lincoln. Only the locals know about this secret private place

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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“A walk to a bird hide at Harts Creek Wildlife Reserve”
Reviewed March 27, 2008

Lake Ellesmere/Te Waihora is an internationally recognised and important bidwatching area, and here a bird hide has been built over wetlands on the margin of the lake. There are many species of water fowl, sea birds and birds of the open country, and it's a major breeding area for the mute swan. You will see native shags, pukeko, bitterns, cattle egrets, black swans, harrier hawks, skylarks, blackbirds. But it's not easy to get to unless you have a car. Drive to Leeston via Lincoln. Turn left at the Lakeside turnoff, drive 10 km down Lake Road to the intersection with Harts Rd, then follow Harts Rd to the intersection with Timber Yard Rd and Lower Lake Rd. The reserve is signposted on the left. There's a car park down a short road. Waterproof footwear is essential for the 20 minute walk along well formed pathway through tall grasses, marshy plants, trees and low shrubs to the hide. Part of it is a boardwalk over shallow water.
There's no charge. This part of central Canterbury is off the track for most tourists. You drive through small townships and established, productive and profitable farmland to get to the reserve.

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