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Address: Banks Peninsula, Akaroa, New Zealand

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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.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Christchurch, New Zealand
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Guatemala City, Guatemala
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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, or longer. Entrance is free.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
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Reviewed 19 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 a jacket as it was windy and foggy and conditions can change fast.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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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 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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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
Narangba, Queensland, Australia
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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 gem! Highly recommend trying out some of the trails.

Thank Suzanne M
Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed 6 January 2017

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

Thank Babs729
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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 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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Reviewed 13 December 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

Thank MelindaMahrs
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Reviewed 3 December 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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