L'Aube Hill Reserve

This bush-clad tranquil reserve in Akaroa is home to the oldest cemetery in the South Island, dating back to 1840.

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

French Cemetery

Start: Rue Pompallier, Akaroa.

Time: 45 min return.

Dogs: On a leash.

Description:

This walk visits the French Cemetery - Cimetière Catholiques - the oldest cemetery in the South Island, a tranquil, bush-clad spot, steeped in history. You can make it a circuit trip by returning via an old Akaroa Street where some original French families lived.

Start at the signpost on Rue Pompallier. The track is quite steep but is only a short climb through bush. Turn right at the track junction to reach the historic cemetery.

Return to this junction, then turn right again to continue following the bush track up to Libeau Lane. Climb the stile and go down the steep lane to Rue Grehan. This street has many charming old cottages, several built by French settlers; #8 was built in 1841 making it the oldest home in Canterbury.

Turn left onto Rue Lavaud, cut through St Patricks Catholic Church then go through a gate to reach Rue Pompallier. 

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