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17 Banks Peninsula
From Christchurch turn right just before Little River, then left following Okuti Valley Road 4 km to the reserve.
A short walk from the picnic area leads to the start of Reserve Road, a shingle no-exit road. From here the track zigzags gently up through the heart of the reserve. The track meets back up with Reserve Road, which walkers can follow down to make a round trip back to the picnic area.
Birds are plentiful in this reserve, which features lowland forest such as kahikatea, tōtara, māhoe and kānuka. The kahikatea is growing with Carex secta (large swamp sedge) and is thought to be the last place left on Banks Peninsula for this once very common association.
Stone picnic tables provide seating for visitors and toilets are available.
South Island ▷ Canterbury ▷ Banks Peninsula
Lovely birdsong. Some of the track is quite steep (and slippery after rain) and we were a bit confused when we got to the gravel road because we didn't know if we were supposed to keep walking or if that was it. Of course if we'd read the info beforehand we would've known this...