Awa Awa Rata Reserve (SC Only)


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The Te Awa Awa Rata Reserve is a popular picnic area and an ideal day trip destination. Freedom camping permitted in CERTIFIED SELF-CONTAINED VEHICLES ONLY. Take all rubbish with you and leave no trace. Keep New Zealand clean. Always use the toilet in your vehicle or a public toilet. Rhododendron Walk Time: 10 min one way Distance: 500 m This pleasant walk follows a stream through native bush and rhododendron plantings. Te Awa Awa Walk Time: 15 min one way Distance: 430 m This short walk starts in Awa Awa Rata Reserve and climbs gently through native bush before joining the end of the metalled road through the reserve. Mount Hutt Forest can be accessed from Awa Awa Rata Reserve at the end of McLennans Bush Road, which is off Arundel Rakaia Gorge Road and is 12.5 km from Methven. The area can also be accessed from Mount Hutt Skifield access road. During summer, there is a locked gate at Scotts Saddle; you will need to walk from here. No dogs.

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Lat: -43.561764 Lng: 171.529739

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Nice site, plenty of grass. Probably gets boggy if it had a decent dump so look out. Toilets are flush but not very fancy. Sign says self-contained only. Did a nice hour hike with my dog.


User 201948

Sign at the entrance explicitly says "No Camping." We didn't risk it.



Mt Hutt Conservation Area takes in the upper catchments of Dry Creek and Pudding Hill Stream, and west to waterfall Creek. From the summit of Mt Hutt (2189m), the land falls steeply down to the Canterbury Plains. The bush is a small remnant of the forests that once extended over much of the plains. A network of walking tracks allows for exploration of the forest and ridges, with a number of circuit day-trips possible.


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