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We  have many lovely walks around Little River and Banks Peninsula. 

For information on the Okuti Valley Reserve Walk, (30min return).  Montgomery Park ( 2-3hour return.  10 minutes to Giant Totara), Sign of the Packhorse (3-4 hours to Hut – passes available from DOC) 

Kaituna Valley Reserve (10min)  and many more check out the link below. 

Brochure available for $2.00 from the Little River Information  Station


WAIREWA PA ROAD WALK  – From the back platform of the Historic Railway Station go south along the unsealed road to Barclay’s Road. Cross the Main road to Kinloch Road.


St John the Evangelist Roman Catholic ChurchOn the right is the historic St John the Evangelist  Catholic Church, built from stone quarried from the top of Rights Road, Puaha Valley in 1925.


  The church has suffered badly in the 2011 earthquakes… Across the bridge  and straight on into the shingle road. 


Earthquake Memorial - Pa RoadRest awhile at the Little River Earthquake Memorial by the river  and think of the times when there was a NativeHeritage Walk Brochure School and Church on the hill.  The School burnt down in 1969.  Further on a road to the right goes up to a memorial marking the site of the School.   If you go up there please close gates.

Back on the road and passed a rusting truck and a cottage engulfed by Wisteria and Camellia Bushes.  Onwards to the main road (the Pa is to the right on the other side of the road).  Turn left into the main Heritage Walk Brochure (2)Road and walk back into town through the Domain (Toilets  by the Play Centre)  through.  Check out the Coronation Library Garden maintained by Bruce King then on down the main road to the Little River Village.

Round trip approximately 40mins. 

Pushchair friendly .  

See the  brochure  plus it is available from the Information Station in Little River.



THE RIVER WALK – Park opposite the Little River Hotel.  Go through the gate (please close behind you.)  You can walk around the river from here as far as you want.  The River and lake are able to be fished with a licence ( Trout, Tench, Rudd and Eels are caught).  There are numerous birds to watch and listen to along he way.

HISTORIC RAILWAY STATION.  There are lovely gardens created by volunteers around the Historic Railway Station to wander around or have a picnic lunch at one of the picnic tables.  In the Station you will find the Memorial Boards for the 1914 – 18 and 1940-45 wars for Little River.  There are also historical displays and an Information Station and local Craft Cooperative to look around


 Walk it, hike it, bike it ……. the Little River Rail Trail from the Historic Railway Station Building to Motukarara – a return trip of approx. 46k’s an be comfortably cycled in a day or you can bike or walk it one way.  Toilets at the “Station”, Catons Bay, Kaituna, Motukarara.  From Little River to Birdlings Flat approx 9k’s from Little River to Motukarara 2k’s.

If staying in Little River why not walk to the Little River Hotel and have lunch or tea.  Or walk on further to Catons Bay and feed the ducks or watch the black swans and the interesting bird life that abound on the shores of Lake Forsyth. Toilet facilities. 

Full brochure can be picked up from the Little River Visitor Centre.

Cycles can be hired from Little River Garage (03)3251 002, SiloStay Phone 3251 977  or follow the link below for pick ups etc.

HERITAGE PARK – on the main road adjacent to the Little River Diner. This area is a lovely spot off the main road for a wander and a picnic.  The area was originally the location of the Little River Railway Line Turntable.  The Heritage Park Trust Committee was responsible for planting over the Railway lines and turning it into the park you see before your today.

AWA – ITI DOMAIN – Beautifully kept grounds for sport and relaxing. Room to walk and kick a ball. Tennis Courts and a Basketball Hoop.

Check out the Memorial Gates built in 1923 in remembrance of Our Young Men and Women who died in the War an the Coronation Library built to commemorate King George v Coronation.
Every year on Anzac Day there is a memorial service and Wreath Laying Ceromony from 9.30am at the Little River Community Centre.

Toilets by the Playcentre.


A 30 minute walk up through native bush,  Lovely on a hot day.  Climb over the fence at the top and return via reserve Road completes the round trip. You will be walking through a remanent of regenerating Native Bush.  Nice on a hot day.

There is a nice picnic spot by the concrete picnic tables.

To get there from Little River turn into Kinloch Road, then left into Okuti Valley Road and continue up past the Little River Camping Ground.  Park by the Concrete Picnic Tables and walk up to Reserve Road.  You will find the gate to the walk on the left.

OKUTI  TRACK – To Hillltop – A shared use track.  Please close all gates behind you.Okuti Track

Track will be closed for lambing in August to October  each year.

An 8 k’s 2.5 hour walk uphill from the Okuti Valley Reserve through farmland to French Peak.  Weather can change quickly on this walk.  Take water and a wind jacket.

Parking area on Okuti Valley Road.

TE OKA BAY RESERVE  – Track to Te Oka and Tumbledown Bays – Please follow red markers and be aware of stoTe Oka Bay Hut 1ck.

Distance 6 K’s – walking time 1 hour and 30 minutes  down hill through Farmland and Bush to Te Oka Bay and Tumbledown Bay.  Best to arrange a car to pick you up from the Beach otherwise another two and half hours back up the hill to your car.  There is a sign to say whether the track is open or closed..

From Little River drive up Kinloch Road to Bossu Road at the top of the hill.  Road narrow but tarsealed.  At the T  intersection at the top with Bossu Road you will find the start of the walk just to the right.

There is a private hut and cottage available to rent in Te Oka Bay


Saddle Hill 1 (2)3 hours return.  A walk up to the look out through open grass land.  Lovely on a clear day.  Go through the cattle Shute and follow the fence line up to the top. Track is usually mown.  Amazing 360 degree views from the rocky  out crop at the top.

Get there from Little River from Kinloch Road, along Bossu Road past Reynolds Valley Road. Just on the start down you will  see the Cattle Yards on the left.  Parking on the right.

Best on a clear day.  Avoid going in low cloud.

______________________________________________________________________________The Rod Donald Trust has just published its new walking resources which include the new website  which gives a complete overview of all the walks available on Banks Peninsula.

A hard copy reference book with the same information and three brochures giving details of walks in the Akaroa area. This is the first time that all the information on walks on Banks Peninsula is available to walkers in one place and we are all extremely grateful to Suky Thompson and the Rod Donald Trust for this huge undertaking. You can purchase individual copies of the brochures, an A4 size copy of the reference book or view a large copy of the Reference Book at the Little River Visitor Centre located in the Waiting Room of the Little River Railway Station. Email . The Saddle Hill Walk just out of Little River is in the Greater Banks Peninsula Walks Brochure. $2.00 from the Little River Visitor Centre. Amazing 360 degree views from the trig Station at the top of the walk.



2 Responses to Walks

  • Susan says:

    There is a private hut and cottage available to rent in Te Oka Bay

    Are you please able to give me the contact details regarding this hut and cottage

    Just visited this awesome place with the Banks Peninsula Walking Festival and would love to look at staying at the hut?

    Thanks heaps

  • Vanessa van Hoof says:

    Kia ora

    I asked at the visitor’s centre about the pa walk but they didn’t have the brochure – I was wondering if you have a copy you could scan and e-mail to me, perhaps?

    I would like to take some students to show them where the kaianga was but can’t quite follow the directions here. Do you walk up Kilochs Rd or the Wairewa Pa Rd?

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