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Hinewai Reserve

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Banks Peninsula, Akaroa, New Zealand
+64 3-304 8501
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Good walks with rewarding views

Although steep in places there are many places to rest and enjoy the restorative views of Akaroa... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Christchurch, New Zealand
Beautiful, natural, quiet.

A wonderful day trip. A good few hours so must be at least at a medium level of walking and... read more

Reviewed 4 September 2017
Christchurch, New Zealand
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“native bush” (8 reviews)
“stony bay” (2 reviews)
Banks Peninsula, Akaroa, New Zealand
+64 3-304 8501
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although steep in places there are many places to rest and enjoy the restorative views of Akaroa and surrounding bays. Some beautiful regenerating native bush attracts the local birdlife. Lots of walk options, depending on your level of fitness. Spend 30 minutes or all day.

Thank Gavin6114
Reviewed 4 September 2017

A wonderful day trip. A good few hours so must be at least at a medium level of walking and fitness. Was very tired when we returned after walking from the top of the hill through the bush to the coastal inlet, and then back...More

Thank georgiehackett33
Reviewed 23 April 2017

A beautiful piece of land that was allowed, obviously with some help,to return to its original state. A lot of native trees and shrubs were replanted and it has some very nice walks, some quite steep. Take an hour or two to explore this place,...More

Thank Michael B
Reviewed 3 April 2017

As a regular visitor to Hinewai, I love to see the remarkable evidence of regeneration of the native forest cover of Banks Peninsula after nearly 200 years of destruction.

Thank zhuhai2007
Reviewed 20 February 2017 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...More

1  Thank HannahNZ1991
Reviewed 17 January 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...More

1  Thank Sarah P
Reviewed 14 January 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.

Thank Julia G
Reviewed 8 January 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...More

Thank Suzanne M
Reviewed 7 January 2017

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

Thank Babs729
Reviewed 18 December 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...More

Thank mikeedeedee
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1 March 2015|
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Response from onerosenz | Reviewed this property |
Definately will be ask the cruise ship. It is not far from Akaroa in a car, though to make the most you will want to walk some of it. perhaps they could drop you at one of the top entrances, and pick you up at the bottom.