View from Akaroa Head

Image: Michael Smeaton | DOC


You need a 4WD to get to the start of this track, which takes you past the old Akaroa lighthouse keeper's house.

Track overview

Walking and tramping

40 min return Easy: Walking track

Other activities

  • Four wheel driving

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


The road descends past the foundations of the lighthouse keeper’s house and other buildings, to the site of the old lighthouse.

From here, follow the old supply road, constructed 1878 -79, which ends at an iron ladder descending to a rock shelf in Little Haylocks Bay.

The original Akaroa lighthouse was replaced in 1977 by an automated light, and in 1980 the lighthouse was relocated to Akaroa.

This reserve overlooks the Akaroa Marine Reserve in the Akaroa Harbour.

There are excellent coastal views of towering cliffs.

Getting there

From Akaroa, take the Akaroa Lighthouse Road - 11 km of steep, narrow rough road, suitable for four wheel drive vehicles.

Note: from the car park it is foot access only. 

Nature and conservation

Botanical significance of this reserve is low because of a long history of grazing, but there is plenty of wildlife.

Fur seals/kekeno are seen in the bay, with local colonies of white-fronted terns/tara, black-backed gulls/karoro and white-flippered penguins/kororā.


Ōtautahi / Christchurch Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 379 4082
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   28 Worcester Boulevard
Christchurch 8013
Postal Address:   Private Bag 11089
Christchurch 8443
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