Te Awa Awa Rata Reserve

The Te Awa Awa Rata Reserve is a popular picnic area and an ideal day trip destination.


About Te Awa Awa Rata Reserve

Rhododendron Walk

Time: 10 min one way

Distance: 500 m
Distance: 430 m
The reserve is 14km from Methven and 2km from the Mt Hutt ski field turnoff and is widely known for its spring display of rhododendrons.  These shrubs were first planted in 1968 in the picnic ground and have continued being planted and maintained by the Awa Awa Rata Reserve Society (Inc.).  Backed by virgin native bush on the hillsides, the rhododendrons are a brilliant sight in the late spring.

This pleasant walk follows a stream through native bush and rhododendron plantings.

Te Awa Awa Walk

Time: 15 min one way

This short walk starts in Awa Awa Rata Reserve and climbs gently through native bush before joining the end of the metalled road through the reserve.

The Reserve is most popular in the warmer months. The reserve gives magnificent views across the Canterbury Plains.




0800 - 1700



Getting there

Mount Hutt Forest can be accessed from Te Awa Awa Rata Reserve at the end of McLennans Bush Road, which is off Arundel Rakaia Gorge Road and is 12.5 km from Methven. The area can also be accessed from Mount Hutt Skifield access road. During summer, there is a locked gate at Scotts Saddle; you will need to walk from here.It is situated at the end of McLennens Bush Road at the foot of the Mt Hutt Range.  It is bounded on the North West by the Pudding Hill Scenic Reserve.