Canaan Downs at sunset

Image: Andy Maw | Creative Commons


Stands of ancient beech trees, bounded by rolling meadow scattered with eerie rock formations, make this hilltop scenic reserve a rewarding detour.

Place overview


  • Camping
  • Caving
  • Mountain biking
  • Walking and tramping

Find things to do and places to stay Canaan Downs Scenic Reserve

About this place

Getting there

From SH60 on the Takaka Hill Rd turn off at Canaan Rd and follow it 11 km to end.

Know before you go

Wasp numbers can be high in summer. Always carry antihistamine and especially an epipen  if you are allergic to wasp stings. 


Mohua / Takaka Office
Phone:   +64 3 525 8026
Address:   62 Commercial Street
Takaka 7110
Postal Address:   PO Box 166
Takaka 7142
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