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, but to stick to simple walks or exercise spots close to home. 

If using one of our parks, always stay two metres away from anyone not in your household. If you take your dog, please keep it on a leash at all times to help avoid contact with other dogs. Take your dog poo home and dispose of it in your red bin.

Where there are gates and latches in parks, please avoid using your hands to open and close them. If gates are off their hinges or left open, please leave them as you find them.

Cemeteries are open for pedestrian access only. 

The following are closed:

  • Public toilets.
  • Playgrounds, play equipment or exercise equipment in parks.
  • The Botanic Gardens.
  • Car parks within parks.
  • Visitor and information centres.
  • The Spencer Park animal area and fenced dog parks.
  • All Council-owned sports facilities

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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).