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Local Walks

Reconnect with nature by walking in spaces framed by alpine landscapes; with nothing but the sound of rushing water and earth crunching beneath your feet. The Mid Canterbury region offers many beautiful places for all levels of walking enthusiast. The Ashburton District has a stunning back country for visitors to enjoy. Unique with endangered birds, huge landscapes, towering mountains, braided rivers, waterfalls and lakes, every nature lover will find a place they love to walk. Adventure and active tourism, involving physically challenging outdoor activities in beautiful locations is growing in New Zealand. Mid Canterbury offers plenty of walking opportunities for those who want to get out amongst it and experience a rush of endorphins. Hakatere Conservation Park covers nearly 60,000 hectares of rugged mountain country, tussock lands, beech forest and sparkling clear rivers and lakes between two mighty rivers, the Rakaia and Rangitata. The headwaters of the rivers are notable landscapes including the upper Rangitata which featured in Lord of the Rings films (Mt Sunday was a location for Edoras). The walking tracks within the park range from easy to advanced difficulty ratings and the duration ranges from 10 minutes to 2 days. Some of the tracks offer huts you can stay in overnight with bunk beds, heating and mattresses. Check the Department of Conservation's website for more details about the huts and click on the below links to find out about our gorgeous walkways: