Hakatere Conservation Park
Hakatere Conservation Park
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darrenjAtl
Atlanta84 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
We did the Mount Sunday Track hike on November 25, 2023. First, I just wanted to mention that the Google Maps estimate for the time to drive from the main road through the Haketere Conservation about 1.5 hours (each way) and it took us about half of that, driving between 35-65 km/h on the gravel portions of the road, and the speed limit on the paved sections. Second, there is a bathroom with toilet paper at the trail head, as well as one along the drive. The trail itself is beautiful. It's flat but walking on loose medium-sized rounded stones until the last bit when you climb the hill to the 360 degree viewpoint, which is definitely worth it! Filming location of Edoras from the Lord of the Rings.
Written 29 November 2023
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Philippa P
103 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Climbed Mt Sunday, fantastic 360 degree views, about an hour return trip, quite steep at top, follow the markers, no shade at top.
Written 18 February 2023
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Kevin P
Waihi Beach, New Zealand468 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
It's been more than 10y since I've been here and it's still just as stunning now as it was then. Big, glaciated mountains greet you at Lake Heron and Erewhon. Tremendous MTB options around Lakes Emma and Camp. Good, no cost, camping options. Say hello to the Te Araroa trail walkers as they pass through on their pilgrimage.

Erewhon marks the gateway to some of the best mountaineering peaks and ice plateaus I've climbed in NZ in the past. It will take you more than one day of hiking to get there though, truly remote wilderness.
Written 19 January 2023
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Desmond D
Christchurch, New Zealand7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
Amazing scenery when you get to Mount Sunday. We drove from Ashburton, 95km to a really good spot overlooking Mt Sunday.
Written 27 December 2020
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Curleyman02
Christchurch, New Zealand10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
We drove to the part of the conservation area by Lake Heron and can't wait to come back to see more. So beautiful with some nice walks. We can in winter and just loved playing in the snow. The road is gravel but you do not need a 4WD in this part of the park. Easy 45 minute picturesque drive from Methven where there's plenty of restaurants. In the summer, the conservation area would be great for a picnic.
Written 7 August 2019
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WeDreamOfTravel
New Hampshire948 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Family
Our family took a two-week vacation to New Zealand and Australia and, being fans of the Lord of the Rings books and films, our intinerary included visiting filming locations in New Zealand. This is an easy, free, DIY experience that will take your breath away.

Using GPS, it's easy to find Mount Sunday (the filming location of Edoras) by car. As you approach the location, the road turns to gravel and all signs of civilization disappear. You see fences along the road, but nothing else to indicate that humans have touched the land. It takes awhile of driving on gravel, so slow down and soak in the outstanding natural beauty that surrounds you.

The approach to Mount Sunday is stunning, and if you're a fan of the films you'll recognize Edoras immediately. There is a car park and a farm gate that locks to prevent the cattle from getting out. There are black Angus cattle wandering in the pastures you will walk through, and they do what cattle do, so look where you step. They watched us but left us alone as we picked our way through their pasture. The walk to the base of Mount Sunday is pleasant, scenic, and gentle on the muscles.

Once the incline becomes steeper, you may be tempted to stop climbing. That would be a huge mistake. Adjust your technique, pause to catch your breath, but keep going. The view as you climb is spectacular, so you can use the excuse of taking photos to rest a bit. The wind was very strong so if that's the case when you visit, you'll want to secure all your items before climbing.

The view from the summit is unbelievably stunning. You have 360 degrees of mountainous splendor to admire. No sign of human life, you'll feel alone in a spectacular world of raw natural beauty. This climb, challenging as it was for some of us, was a high point of the entire vacation. It cost nothing but time, and even our LOTR-indifferent family member was thrilled by this visit. If you plan a visit to the South Island and admire natural beauty, whether you are a LOTR fan or not, this excursion may be one of the best things you could do on your trip.
Written 17 March 2019
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FrankandTonia
Ashburton, New Zealand199 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Family
Hakatere conservation park is a unique area of New Zealand that is protected for our enjoyment. Well worth a visit
Written 6 November 2018
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Eimear99
Ireland2,771 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Solo
This was a very beautiful spot but I find it very difficult to find especially when I lost reception on my mobile in the area. I was particularly interested in finding Mt Sunday and the location of the filming of Edoras and Lord of the rings.It is accessed via a shingle road, could be problematic in bad weather but I had a roaster of a day! Stunning scenery, felt that I was totally on my own in this vast kingdom. So, so worth a visit.
Written 24 October 2018
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Frank L
96 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Couples
Great area to visit. This is real New Zealand at its best , this is part of a very large high country conservation
Written 27 August 2018
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Chimp Ran
105 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Couples
Edoras - also know as Mt Sunday is a must do, travel up about 20km of average gravel roads to get here then a 20 minute walk from the carpark to the top of the hill. The views of the southern divide & across the Rangitata river valley from the top are outstanding.

There is nothing left of the LOTR movie set now but it's easy to envisage the great hall perched at the top.
Written 30 March 2018
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