The Area

Banks Peninsula


The Banks Peninsula area is full of history and beautiful scenery. There is a wealth of different experiences available for all tastes, from the energetic to the more sedate! Visit the scenic town of Akaroa, walk the hills or explore the beaches.

The PackHorse Hut


The beginning of the walk to the Packhorse hut is situated a short distance from the homestead. It's an easy walk to the hut where you can see stunning views of the valley and surrounding countryside. The track passes through farm paddocks, then along farm tracks up a bush-clad valley. Be prepared to get wet feet on some small stream crossings. The track eventually emerges steeply onto a ridge. Follow this for some distance before reaching a farm track past Parkinsons Bush Reserve. Follow the track to the historic stone Sign of the Packhorse Hut, well situated for the views.


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The Little River Rail Trail


We have bicycles available if you are interested in doing this lovely ride or you can walk it if biking isn't your thing. Sharon can drop you off at Motukarara or pick you up as required. The Rail Trail is made up of 6 sections, ranging in length from 4km to 13km each. It takes you through a changing landscape that has seen a thousand years of human history. It passes through rural areas and settlements on the Canterbury Plains, skirts past the massive flanks of the ancient volcanoes which make up the Banks Peninsula, and hugs the shoreline of a vast lagoon, Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere, and its smaller twin, Te Roto o Wairewa/Lake Forsyth. The lakes and associated rivers and wetlands are rich in wildlife and natural vegetation. There are History and Landscape, Flora and Fauna sections with more information.


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Kaituna Valley Homestead


623 Kaituna Valley Road


Tai Tapu 7672

(0064) 3 329 0095

Kaituna Valley Homestead