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Explore Banks Peninsula’s largest reserve of land now regenerated as stunning native forest with sweeping views over the Otanerito valley.

What you need to know:

  • 1.5 hour drive from Christchurch.
  • Variable walk length - 1 hour to half day walks.
  • 16 kilometres total length with bird life and waterfalls abound.
  • 20 tracks open to the public with some tracks winding through upper hills of the area.
  • Access by vehicle from Long Bay Road or on foot from Akaroa via Purple Peak Saddle.
  • Walk starts from the Reserve entrance off Long Bay Road, 15 minutes’ drive from Akaroa.
  • Regenerated and run by NZ botanist Hugh Wilson.
  • Dogs are not permitted. 
  • Warm clothing & sturdy footwear required – can get windy.
  • Walkable all year round except in extreme weather.
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New Zealand Department of Conservation Outdoor Safety Code

When preparing for a walk, no matter how long, make sure you follow the Department of Conservation (DOC) Outdoor Safety Code to help you stay safe.

  1. Plan your trip
    Ask locals about the walking track and how long you can reasonably expect it to take or visit the nearest DOC visitor centre for the latest information about facilities and conditions of DOC tracks.
  2. Tell someone
    Tell someone your plans, especially if you’re heading out alone. Leave a time that you will be back.
  3. Be aware of the weather
    New Zealand's weather can be highly unpredictable. Check the forecast and expect weather changes. Metservice.com is a good tool but also ask at your accommodation provider or the local DOC / i-SITE Visitor Centre.
  4. Know your limits
    It's good to challenge yourself, but only within your physical limits and experience.
  5. Take sufficient supplies
    Even if you're just going for a couple of hours, make sure you have enough food, clothing, equipment and emergency rations for the worst-case scenario. Take an appropriate means of communication.