Guides: Donald Matheson and Alison Evans
Climb from the lowland forest of the Okuti Reserve through farmland to French Hill and Hilltop, with fabulous views over Okuti Valley and further west. Opt for a lunch/beer stop at the Hilltop Tavern before returning back down the Valley. The Reserve is one of the best examples of lowland forest remaining in Canterbury and is unique with having wetlands, rare ferns and podocarps such as kahikatea and matai. Learn about morepork (ruru), biodiversity, conservation and pest control, as well as the Outdoor Classroom being developed in the Reserve.
Duration: 5-6 hours. Walk climbs about 400m
Walk Difficulty: TRAMP - Track mostly unformed with prolonged up and down
Wear tramping boots or sturdy walking shoes. Bring lunch, snacks, water bottle, sunhat, sunscreen and weatherproof gear.