The Garden of Tane is a beautiful scenic reserve in the heart of Akaroa, Banks Peninsula.

COVID-19 update on parks and tracks

The Government is asking for everyone to stay at home. Their advice is that you can go for a walk or exercise outdoors for a short time, and to stick to simple walks or exercise spots close to home. 

When you are out, you must stay two metres away from anyone who is not in your household.

Parks and cemeteries are open for pedestrian access only, and where possible we have closed off park car parks.  Please do not use any play equipment or exercise equipment.

The following are closed:

  • Public toilets
  • Playgrounds, play equipment or exercise equipment in parks
  • The Botanic Gardens
  • Car parks within parks are closed for vehicle access
  • Visitor and information centres, i.e. Bottle Lake Forest and Travis Wetland
  • The Spencer Park animal area
  • Fenced dog parks, including Horseshoe Lake, The Groynes and Styx Mill Reserve. All other parks are available to exercise dogs in
  • All Council-owned sports facilities e.g clubrooms

Garden of Tane Start: Multiple entry points; main entrance is at the corner of Rue Jolie and Aylmers Valley Road. A playground is located near the main entrance.

Time: Up to 60 min.

Access: Suitable for buggies.

Dogs: Under effective control at all times, on a leash in the cemeteries.


Multiple tracks meander through the Garden of Tane and create a bush maze to explore.

The garden features a mix of mature exotic trees and native regeneration, lots of birdsong, lovely views and a rich botanical and human history.  Several historic cemeteries, where many of the early Akaroa settlers are buried, are worth wandering through, providing a window into the past.

For more information, take a look at the Garden of Tane website(external link).