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, 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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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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