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Akaroa Walks Map

For more information about Akaroa visit: www.akaroa.com

Akaroa Walks

Track Status:
1
Boardwalk to Childrens Bay
Walk wheelchair assistedEasy access short walk suitable for all abilities, wheelchair assisted, pushchairs
10 mins one way
Dogs allowed under effective controlDogs allowed under effective control - *Asterisk displayed when further Dog Access Restrictions apply
Beautiful views. Beach is mudflat.
Track Status:

Open

Beautiful views. Beach is mudflat. Dogs allowed. Also gives access to Childrens Bay Farm tramp – no dogs on tramp.
Track features:
Coastal, Track formed, Road walking
Obtain "Akaroa Village WalksAkaroa Village Walks, Akaroa “Five Historic Walks” by Akaroa Civic Trust" brochure before departing for detailed directions on how to find and follow this walk.
Available from:
  • Little River Gallery, Main Road, Little River, 03 325 1944
  • Akaroa Adventure Centre, 74 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa, 03 304 7784
  • Lyttelton Information Centre, 20 Oxford Street, Lyttelton, 03 328 9093
  • DOC Visitor Centre, 28 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch 8140, 03 379 4082
  • Scorpio Books, 113 Riccarton Road, Riccarton, Christchurch, 03-389-2882
  • Little River Information Station, Old Railway Building, Main Highway, 03 325 1320
  • Akaroa Adventure Centre, 74 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa, 03 304 7784
2
Explore Akaroa’s bush backdrop
Walk familyWell formed track surface. Easy flat walking
½ an hour – 3 hours one way
Dogs on leadsDogs on leads - *Asterisk displayed when further Dog Access Restrictions apply
Route linking all the bush reserves in Akaroa township – L’Aube Hill, Stanley Park and Garden of Tane.
Track Status:

Open

Route linking all the bush reserves in Akaroa township – L’Aube Hill, Stanley Park and Garden of Tane.
Track features:
Native bush, Coastal, Historic, Track formed, Road walking
Notes on track status:
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Obtain "Akaroa Village Walks" brochure before departing for detailed directions on how to find and follow this walk.
Available from:
  • Little River Gallery, Main Road, Little River, 03 325 1944
  • Akaroa Adventure Centre, 74 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa, 03 304 7784
  • Lyttelton Information Centre, 20 Oxford Street, Lyttelton, 03 328 9093
  • DOC Visitor Centre, 28 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch 8140, 03 379 4082
  • Scorpio Books, 113 Riccarton Road, Riccarton, Christchurch, 03-389-2882
  • Little River Information Station, Old Railway Building, Main Highway, 03 325 1320
3
French Cemetery
Walk formed trackGentle walking on formed track. Some up and down hill
¾ hour circular
Dogs allowed under effective controlDogs allowed under effective control - *Asterisk displayed when further Dog Access Restrictions apply
Historic cemetery.
Track Status:

Open

Short climb to the oldest Christian cemetery in the South Island and a tranquil beauty spot.
Track features:
Native bush, Historic, Track formed, Sign posted, Road walking
Obtain "Akaroa Village Walks" brochure before departing for detailed directions on how to find and follow this walk.
Available from:
  • Little River Gallery, Main Road, Little River, 03 325 1944
  • Akaroa Adventure Centre, 74 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa, 03 304 7784
  • Lyttelton Information Centre, 20 Oxford Street, Lyttelton, 03 328 9093
  • DOC Visitor Centre, 28 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch 8140, 03 379 4082
  • Scorpio Books, 113 Riccarton Road, Riccarton, Christchurch, 03-389-2882
  • Little River Information Station, Old Railway Building, Main Highway, 03 325 1320
4
Stanley Park
Walk formed trackGentle walking on formed track. Some up and down hill
½ hour circular
Dogs on leadsDogs on leads - *Asterisk displayed when further Dog Access Restrictions apply
Rural walk on working farm.
Track Status:

Open

Rural park with grazing sheep. Keep dogs on leads during lambing.
Track features:
Native bush
Obtain "Akaroa Village Walks" brochure before departing for detailed directions on how to find and follow this walk.
Available from:
  • Little River Gallery, Main Road, Little River, 03 325 1944
  • Akaroa Adventure Centre, 74 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa, 03 304 7784
  • Lyttelton Information Centre, 20 Oxford Street, Lyttelton, 03 328 9093
  • DOC Visitor Centre, 28 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch 8140, 03 379 4082
  • Scorpio Books, 113 Riccarton Road, Riccarton, Christchurch, 03-389-2882
  • Little River Information Station, Old Railway Building, Main Highway, 03 325 1320
5
Garden of Tane
Walk formed trackGentle walking on formed track. Some up and down hill
Many tracks up to 1 hour circular
Dogs on leadsDogs on leads - *Asterisk displayed when further Dog Access Restrictions apply
Family fun, native bush.
Track Status:

Open

Explore a maze of tracks in bush area. Fun for kids, hear the birds, lovely views and access to historic cemeteries.
Track features:
Native bush, Coastal, Historic, Track formed
Obtain "Akaroa Village Walks" brochure before departing for detailed directions on how to find and follow this walk.
Available from:
  • Little River Gallery, Main Road, Little River, 03 325 1944
  • Akaroa Adventure Centre, 74 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa, 03 304 7784
  • Lyttelton Information Centre, 20 Oxford Street, Lyttelton, 03 328 9093
  • DOC Visitor Centre, 28 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch 8140, 03 379 4082
  • Scorpio Books, 113 Riccarton Road, Riccarton, Christchurch, 03-389-2882
  • Little River Information Station, Old Railway Building, Main Highway, 03 325 1320
6
Garden Graveyards
Walk formed trackGentle walking on formed track. Some up and down hill
1 hour circular
Dogs on leadsDogs on leads - *Asterisk displayed when further Dog Access Restrictions apply
Historic cemeteries and native bush.
Track Status:

Open

Visit the historic Roman Catholic, Dissenters and Anglican cemeteries combined with a bush walk.
Track features:
Native bush, Historic, Track formed, Sign posted, Road walking
Obtain "Akaroa Village Walks" brochure before departing for detailed directions on how to find and follow this walk.
Available from:
  • Little River Gallery, Main Road, Little River, 03 325 1944
  • Akaroa Adventure Centre, 74 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa, 03 304 7784
  • Lyttelton Information Centre, 20 Oxford Street, Lyttelton, 03 328 9093
  • DOC Visitor Centre, 28 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch 8140, 03 379 4082
  • Scorpio Books, 113 Riccarton Road, Riccarton, Christchurch, 03-389-2882
  • Little River Information Station, Old Railway Building, Main Highway, 03 325 1320
7
Lighthouse and Monument
Walk familyWell formed track surface. Easy flat walking
1 hour circular
Dogs on leadsDogs on leads - *Asterisk displayed when further Dog Access Restrictions apply
Historic lighthouse and monument.
Track Status:

Open

Visit the Lighthouse and the Britomart Monument site. See the Union Jack flying as it did in 1840 when the French arrived.
Track features:
Native bush, Coastal, Historic, Track formed, Sign posted, Road walking
Obtain "Akaroa Village Walks" brochure before departing for detailed directions on how to find and follow this walk.
Available from:
  • Little River Gallery, Main Road, Little River, 03 325 1944
  • Akaroa Adventure Centre, 74 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa, 03 304 7784
  • Lyttelton Information Centre, 20 Oxford Street, Lyttelton, 03 328 9093
  • DOC Visitor Centre, 28 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch 8140, 03 379 4082
  • Scorpio Books, 113 Riccarton Road, Riccarton, Christchurch, 03-389-2882
  • Little River Information Station, Old Railway Building, Main Highway, 03 325 1320
8
Audio Guide
Walk wheelchair assistedEasy access short walk suitable for all abilities, wheelchair assisted, pushchairs
1½ hours return
Dogs on leadsDogs on leads - *Asterisk displayed when further Dog Access Restrictions apply
Self guided audio tour.
Track Status:

Not currently operating

Self guided audio tour on town streets. Many stories of French settlers and early Akaroa. Route not shown on map.
Track features:
Coastal, Historic, Track formed, Road walking
9
Akaroa Civic Trust
Walk formed trackGentle walking on formed track. Some up and down hill
½ hour to full day
Dogs on leadsDogs on leads - *Asterisk displayed when further Dog Access Restrictions apply
5 historic town walks.
Track Status:

Open

Souvenir booklet with 5 walks on town streets in town centre, packed with historic information. Route not shown on map.
Track features:
Coastal, Historic, Track formed, Road walking
Obtain "Akaroa “Five Historic Walks” by Akaroa Civic Trust" brochure before departing for detailed directions on how to find and follow this walk.
Available from:
  • Akaroa Adventure Centre, 74 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa, 03 304 7784

Akaroa Tramps/Hikes

Track Status:
1
Woodills North
Tramp unformed trackTrack mostly unformed but with direction markers. Prolonged up and down hill
2 hours circular
Dogs on leadsDogs on leads - *Asterisk displayed when further Dog Access Restrictions apply
Combine with Woodills South for a 2½ hour walk.
Track Status:

Open

Combine with Woodills South for a 2½ hour walk. Optional visit to heritage park, add ½ hour. Ford stream at Tree Crop Farm.
Track features:
Native bush, Sign posted, Road walking
Obtain "Akaroa Country Walks" brochure before departing for detailed directions on how to find and follow this walk
Available from:
  • Akaroa Adventure Centre, 74 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa, 03 304 7784
  • Little River Gallery, Main Road, Little River, 03 325 1944
  • DOC Visitor Centre, 28 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch 8140, 03 379 4082
  • Little River Information Station, Old Railway Building, Main Highway, 03 325 1320
  • Lyttelton Information Centre, 20 Oxford Street, Lyttelton, 03 328 9093
  • Scorpio Books, 113 Riccarton Road, Riccarton, Christchurch, 03-389-2882
2
Woodills South
Tramp easyEasy tramping track - well formed track
1½ hours circular
Dogs prohibitedProhibited
Combine with Woodills North for a 2½ hour walk.
Track Status:

Open

Delightful circular walk from Akaroa including historic streets, bush walk and good views. Best done in conjunction with Woodills North.
Track features:
Native bush, Sign posted, Road walking
Obtain "Akaroa Country Walks" brochure before departing for detailed directions on how to find and follow this walk
Available from:
  • Akaroa Adventure Centre, 74 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa, 03 304 7784
  • Little River Gallery, Main Road, Little River, 03 325 1944
  • DOC Visitor Centre, 28 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch 8140, 03 379 4082
  • Little River Information Station, Old Railway Building, Main Highway, 03 325 1320
  • Lyttelton Information Centre, 20 Oxford Street, Lyttelton, 03 328 9093
  • Scorpio Books, 113 Riccarton Road, Riccarton, Christchurch, 03-389-2882
3
Heritage Park
Walk formed trackGentle walking on formed track. Some up and down hill
20 mins circular
Dogs allowed under effective controlDogs allowed under effective control - *Asterisk displayed when further Dog Access Restrictions apply
Fine views and commemorative trees.
Track Status:

Open

Features trees planted to commemorate personal and community occasions. Fine views. Vehicle access and parking from Long Bay Road.
Track features:
Native bush, Track formed, Sign posted
Obtain "Akaroa Country Walks" brochure before departing for detailed directions on how to find and follow this walk
Available from:
  • Akaroa Adventure Centre, 74 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa, 03 304 7784
  • Little River Gallery, Main Road, Little River, 03 325 1944
  • DOC Visitor Centre, 28 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch 8140, 03 379 4082
  • Little River Information Station, Old Railway Building, Main Highway, 03 325 1320
  • Lyttelton Information Centre, 20 Oxford Street, Lyttelton, 03 328 9093
  • Scorpio Books, 113 Riccarton Road, Riccarton, Christchurch, 03-389-2882
4
Round the Mountain via Curry Track
Tramp unformed trackTrack mostly unformed but with direction markers. Prolonged up and down hill
4 hours circular
Dogs prohibitedProhibited
Superb walk visiting Purple Peak Curry Reserve.
Track Status:

Open

Superb walk from Akaroa via Woodills North to Purple Peak Curry Reserve. Enjoy regenerating and old growth forest, visit Frank Worsley's childhood home site, and make a circuit round Purple Peak on Curry Track before descending. Shorter options - drive to Heritage Park or make a half circuit via Grehan Valley. Skyline Beech is a short side track along the ridgeline.
Track features:
Native bush, Summit, Historic, Track formed, Sign posted, Road walking
Obtain "Akaroa Country Walks" brochure before departing for detailed directions on how to find and follow this walk
Available from:
  • Akaroa Adventure Centre, 74 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa, 03 304 7784
  • Little River Gallery, Main Road, Little River, 03 325 1944
  • DOC Visitor Centre, 28 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch 8140, 03 379 4082
  • Little River Information Station, Old Railway Building, Main Highway, 03 325 1320
  • Lyttelton Information Centre, 20 Oxford Street, Lyttelton, 03 328 9093
  • Scorpio Books, 113 Riccarton Road, Riccarton, Christchurch, 03-389-2882
5
Skyline Circuit
Tramp unformed trackTrack mostly unformed but with direction markers. Prolonged up and down hill
4-7 hours circular
Dogs prohibitedProhibited
Foot access to Hinewai Reserve.
Track Status:

Open

Climb Stony Bay Peak in fine weather or use Paripai shortcut for a gentler less exposed walk. Route also provides access on foot from Akaroa to Hinewai Reserve.
Track features:
Native bush, Summit, Track formed, Sign posted, Road walking
Obtain "Akaroa Country Walks" brochure before departing for detailed directions on how to find and follow this walk
Available from:
  • Akaroa Adventure Centre, 74 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa, 03 304 7784
  • Little River Gallery, Main Road, Little River, 03 325 1944
  • DOC Visitor Centre, 28 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch 8140, 03 379 4082
  • Little River Information Station, Old Railway Building, Main Highway, 03 325 1320
  • Lyttelton Information Centre, 20 Oxford Street, Lyttelton, 03 328 9093
  • Scorpio Books, 113 Riccarton Road, Riccarton, Christchurch, 03-389-2882
6
Misty Peaks
Tramp unformed trackTrack mostly unformed but with direction markers. Prolonged up and down hill
IntermediateIntermediate: Steep slopes, avoidable obstacles, poor traction
3 hours return
Dogs prohibitedProhibited
There and back ridgeline walk or full day circular walk from Akaroa
Track Status:

Open

Allow three hours for a there and back ridge walk, 4 to 7 hours for a circular walk from village or combine with Skyline circuit adding an extra 1½ hour ridge walk.
Track features:
Summit, Sign posted, Road walking
Obtain "Akaroa Country Walks" brochure before departing for detailed directions on how to find and follow this walk
Available from:
  • Akaroa Adventure Centre, 74 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa, 03 304 7784
  • Little River Gallery, Main Road, Little River, 03 325 1944
  • DOC Visitor Centre, 28 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch 8140, 03 379 4082
  • Little River Information Station, Old Railway Building, Main Highway, 03 325 1320
  • Lyttelton Information Centre, 20 Oxford Street, Lyttelton, 03 328 9093
  • Scorpio Books, 113 Riccarton Road, Riccarton, Christchurch, 03-389-2882
7
Newton’s Waterfall
Walk formed trackGentle walking on formed track. Some up and down hill
1 hour return
Dogs on leadsDogs on leads - *Asterisk displayed when further Dog Access Restrictions apply
Road walk to waterfall.
Track Status:

Open

Walk via quiet Aylmers Valley Road, or drive to the end (limited parking) for a 10 minute walk to the waterfall.
Track features:
Native bush, Track formed, Sign posted, Road walking
Obtain "Akaroa Country Walks" brochure before departing for detailed directions on how to find and follow this walk
Available from:
  • Akaroa Adventure Centre, 74 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa, 03 304 7784
  • Little River Gallery, Main Road, Little River, 03 325 1944
  • DOC Visitor Centre, 28 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch 8140, 03 379 4082
  • Little River Information Station, Old Railway Building, Main Highway, 03 325 1320
  • Lyttelton Information Centre, 20 Oxford Street, Lyttelton, 03 328 9093
  • Scorpio Books, 113 Riccarton Road, Riccarton, Christchurch, 03-389-2882
8
Childrens Bay Farm Walkway
Walk formed trackGentle walking on formed track. Some up and down hill
3 hours circular
Dogs prohibitedProhibited
Delightful walk over headland.
Track Status:

Open, detour in Takamatua along road

Delightful walk over headland from Akaroa to Takamatua with amazing views. Also known as the Rhino walk. Optional circular return on quiet back roads.
Track features:
Native bush, Coastal, Sign posted, Road walking
Obtain "Akaroa Country Walks" brochure before departing for detailed directions on how to find and follow this walk
Available from:
  • Akaroa Adventure Centre, 74 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa, 03 304 7784
  • Little River Gallery, Main Road, Little River, 03 325 1944
  • DOC Visitor Centre, 28 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch 8140, 03 379 4082
  • Little River Information Station, Old Railway Building, Main Highway, 03 325 1320
  • Lyttelton Information Centre, 20 Oxford Street, Lyttelton, 03 328 9093
  • Scorpio Books, 113 Riccarton Road, Riccarton, Christchurch, 03-389-2882
Key to Map and Table
Walks
Walks on roads
Easy access short walk suitable for all abilities, wheelchair assisted, pushchairs.
Well formed track surface. Easy flat walking.
Gentle walking on formed track. Some up and down hill.
Tramps/Hikes
Tramps/Hikes on Roads
Unformed routes
Easy tramping track - well formed track.
Track mostly unformed but with direction markers. Prolonged up and down hill.
Route: unformed and roug surface. No marking.
Biking
Easiest: Flat wide smooth track or gravel road.
Easy: Gentle climbs on smooth track.
Intermediate: Step slopes, avoidable obsacles, poor traction.
Dog regulations
Dogs allowed under effective control.
Dogs on leads
Prohibited
*Asterisk means refer to notes column for additional regulations.
Shelter
Serviced DOC hut
Picnic shelter.