We are all really excited to share with you some of the superb walks at Lynton Downs. Sit back, get comfortable and read on as we tell you all about them…
Here at Lynton Down we firmly believe in the need (for want of a better phrase) for one to be able to take time out to smell the roses, to be able to slow down a little to appreciate the view, whatever that may be. We know that here you can have an opportunity to simply just be, whether that is to simply be with nature, your family, your friends, your partner or simply just be by yourself!
The walks are designed to enable you to return to your accommodation after having explored different parts of our stunning farm at your leisure. We have available self-guided maps and booklets with information for all ages on the flora and fauna and even a play-date-with-nature sheet to try!
The Woolshed Walk (PDF) (Half an hour loop track) has been planned for that short stroll to stretch your legs and have a look around – it is also just perfect for younger children. It meanders down the hill into the woolshed gully, where the creek trickles past on one side and new native plantings and existing flora and fauna sit together hand and hand. Often there is a sheep or two about, lots of different birds and the odd farmer floating around going about his day. If you are lucky, you may visit at a time when the shearers are shearing the sheep or the men are working in the yards and you can come and have a look. There is a picnic table down by the creek, a perfect place to sit awhile, and for children to build a dam, have stick races in the creek and investigate.
Max’s Walk (PDF) (1 hour return) takes you across the road onto another part of the farm as you head up under the canopy of the trees in the forestry and enter a different world altogether, one that is cool, silent and rather magical. Here you’ll be sure to find a fantail flitting about your head chattering away and following your ascent. Once up through the forestry you’ll reach Max’s paddock and a seat with a view, a perfect picnic spot and a chance to take a breath and a few photos.
The Timber and Tussock Walk (PDF) (2-3 hours) is not for the faint-hearted. An upward climb through the forestry past Max’s walk and up into the hill and tussock country, into a completely different farm landscape and vista. Here you will see towering hills and mountains, shingle slides, bush and have views that stretch way down to the river below and far out to the Kaikoura Peninsula. Look around and you will see the true beauty of the Inland Road farmland spread out before you. You will want to take your time and bring your camera. There is lots to see and wonder about. The Tussock and Timber walk looks out at the viewpoint onto Black Hill, the next chapter in our walks story still to come….
Kaikoura also has on offer some incredible short and long day walks on The Peninsula , Mt Fyffe, the Hinau bush walk and many more. We have information for you on these, too, or you can check out DOC’s Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway page for additional information.