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Address: Banks Peninsula, Akaroa, New Zealand

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Amazing scenery among beautiful bushland!

My friend took my husband and I to Hinewai Reserve for a short hike to see the forest and views of the coast. We were very impressed with the tracks, information center and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 January 2016
nicolajones08
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Oki-gun, Shimane, Japan
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Oki-gun, Shimane, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2016

My friend took my husband and I to Hinewai Reserve for a short hike to see the forest and views of the coast. We were very impressed with the tracks, information center and beautiful NZ bush - we could hear many birds in the trees. I made a small donation and took the small handmade brochure - it is well... More 

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Geelong, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2015

Beech forest, ferns, gorgeous view of the \east coast, Sty, signage, well maintained track - the essence of NZ

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2015

This valley is the result of 40 or more years of painstaking work and vision of one man against deforestation. The valley has been restored to native bush, with an education centre. Wonderful walks, native birds and flora.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2015

the hike to the summit is easy to walk on from sandy bay rd. Up there the view is really amazing and weather permitting (it is quite windy) you can have a break. the way down to the over side is really steep and can be dangerous sometimes if muddy. Definitely worth doing

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Welwyn, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2015

This is a project to conserve quite a large area in the Banks Peninsular. One man, Hugh Wilson, has managed this for 25 years or more. He is a naturalist, mountaineer, author, and (I discovered) a very fit cyclist at the age of 70. he has created a network of paths, well signposted, plus deviations to items of interest. There... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2015

Tracks were really well maintained and signposted. Wonderful nature reserve and well worth a visit. Quite remarkable that it was the vision of one individual.

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Stanfordville, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2015

The botanist Hugh Wilson has transferred a large barren piece of land into a wonderful paradise of waterfalls, pungas and other ferns. There are even Tui birds now breeding there. One can do a little walk or lovely treck right down to the beach.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2015

We drove up here for a look on a wet day. Low clouds made it very misty and the winding roads added to the atmosphere. This place is a gem. Unfortunately I managed to back into a ditch on the way out but thankfully it was only 30mins before some people passed and towed us out.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2014

A walk through the 1250 acres of Hinewai is a glimpse into what was here before human habitation - bush and birds. A fantastic project, with heaps of walks.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2014

It's 15 years since we last visited, and it is great to see the progress that has been made in restoring native bush. Stunning scenery, bird song everywhere. So we got lost and walked twice as far as intended, but it was worth it.

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