The reserve is privately owned and managed, and puts conservation at the top of their priority list. YHA New Zealand are proud to support the Hinewai Trust through the carboNZeroCertTM program. Hinewai Reserve was established in 1987 and is made up of 1250 hectares of land on Banks Peninsula. The site was previously farmland and gorse, but has been allowed to regenerate naturally and is now a haven of native plants and wildlife.
Hinewai Reserve includes 16km of walking tracks open to the public that wind through a surprising variation of plant-life. One minute you'll be in lush, dense, green territory dominated by moss and ferns; the next you'll pop out into a wide, airy space with tall beech trees and a beautiful high canopy.
You can pick the length and difficulty of your walk to suit you, based on the free maps available at each entrance. If you spot him, be sure to chat to the Reserve Manager, Hugh, when you visit; he's an esteemed botanist, a wealth of knowledge about the reserve, and has a great sense of humour and enthusiasm to boot.
The Reserve is highly recommended for a day trip from Christchurch, or as part of the longer Banks Peninsula walking track.