Hay Scenic Reserve walk

Hay Scenic Reserve walk

Banks Peninsula



Time: 20 min return

Follow the Akaroa Highway to Hilltop, then along the Summit Road to the Pigeon Bay turnoff. The reserve is adjacent to the road, 5 km from the turnoff.

Head clockwise around this scenic loop track through one of the best remaining stands of lowland podocarp forest on the peninsula. Large mataī, kahikatea, tōtara, and miro mix with exotics in this small reserve.

The easy grade makes this walk suitable for small children and family groups.
Pigeon Bay Walkway

This walkway is under review. Contact the Department of Conservation for updated information.

Walkway closed for lambing 15 July to 16 October 2008.


Feature Value Info


South IslandCanterburyBanks Peninsula


  • Walking
  • Free



letitia's avatar


New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Nice short bush walk of about 20 minute loop.
On the road down to pigeon bay.
Great for the wee kids especially for something to do on a drizzly day as the tree canopy makes it nice and sheltered.
Most interesting was some large toadstools. Some of the plants are labelled which is good and beware the native stinging nettle

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in April 2009

DOC Managed

Thanks to all the good people working for the NZ Department of Conservation - for all your hard work - making NZ more beautiful, accessable and healthy! Cheers 😍

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Nick Morrison

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