- Manage and support biodiversity
- Extend and connect tracks within and outside the park
- Recognise taonga species in the area of importance to tangata whenua
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The Council bought 500 hectares of the former Mt Desmond Station to form Misty Peaks Reserve, a scenic reserve that rises to nearly 800 metres above sea level.
Submissions have closed and hearings will be held before a report goes to the Banks Peninsula Community Board for approval
Adjoining the privately owned Hinewai Reserve and surrounding the Department of Conservation administered Armstrong Reserve, Misty Peaks Reserve has high recreation and conservation value. It is close to Akaroa, and easily reached from three main road access points. A wide range of habitats in the park includes lowland podocarp forest and beech forest remnants, sub-alpine snow tussock and unique rocky outcrop flora—home to a range of native birds, lizards and fish, and a number of rare or threatened plants.
The main purpose of a scenic reserve is to provide and protect scenic, natural and landscape values, while also allowing for public access and use.
Misty Peaks Reserve is made up of several parcels of land that are mostly all scenic reserve as defined by Section 19 of the Reserves Act 1977.
The purpose of the park is to protect and foster the environmental, landscape, biodiversity and cultural values of Misty Peak Reserve and provide for an outdoor recreation experience for visitors.
The aims for managing the park are to
Please go to the Misty Peaks Reserve draft plan [PDF, 5.5 MB] to view proposed policies for each of these of objectives.
A reserve management plan gives direction under a statutory process to ensure a park will be managed through stated policies. It highlights the values, needs and uses of the park.
The park is managed by the Council Regional Parks team as a regional park.
After consultation has closed we will
Tuesday 6 November - 4pm to 6pm at the Service Centre, Little River
Saturday 24 November - 10 am to 12pm at the Akaroa Farmers Market (Madeira Hotel Carpark, 48 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa)