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“big rock”(4 reviews)
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Marine Drive | Charteris Bay, 8033, New Zealand
+64 3-329 4730
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Reviewed 3 November 2018

This is a lovely out of the way park at Charteris Bay. It's gorgeous in Spring, as there are venerable old rhododendrons in flower and it's a lovely place close to but away from the city, for a picnic or barbeque, which you are welcome...More

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed 10 June 2018 via mobile

I arrive at the front gate to pay the entry fee, there was no one there and an honesty box operating, which is a bit difficult if you don’t have the right change. Purpose of the visit was to use the tracks to get up...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 21 April 2018 via mobile

We visited the organic dairy farm here, which was amazing. The organic raw milk was absolutely delicious! There is a wonderful playground for the kids to play at, including flying foxes. We will definitely be back again

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank citygirl72
Reviewed 7 March 2018 via mobile

Judging from previous reviews, many visitors walk no further than Big Rock along the valley bottom. But if you have a couple of hours to spare, it's well worth climbing to one of the upper tracks for fantastic views. The most panoramic stretch we found...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank rentaquote
Reviewed 4 January 2018

We are regular visitors to Orton Bradley Park but had not explored the walkways and mountain bike tracks in recent years. We got a fantastic surprise when we did on New Years Day - the tracks are easy to navigate, they meander alongside a beautiful...More

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank glutenfreef00die
Reviewed 4 December 2017 via mobile

We spent the hottest Sunday at this park and camping site. originally we were supposed to go fishing but the weather changed our minds. The entrance fee to park was only$10 per vehicle. very reasonable. We found a parking spot right next to the river...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Shaats
Reviewed 19 November 2017 via mobile

You really need to be self sufficient to camp here. There are not really any facilities. An overloaded toilet system with its very own special smell and 1 cold shower available. We had a caravan on a powered site. The sites are not marked out...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank NZMike57
Reviewed 29 July 2017 via mobile

Fantastic day trip half an hour from Christchurch. Beautiful grounds, stream, super playground and bike track. There are so many areas you can set up and explore. Large park like setting with toilets and camping facilities. Pack the insect spray just in case.

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank SonyaDevonW
Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

We went here on our last day in New Zealand and walked to Big Rock. Nice escape from the big city of Christchurch and plenty of room to park your motor home.

Date of experience: March 2017
1  Thank Veronica V
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

This is a great place for camping, day picnicking and mountain walks. It is privately owned so an entry fee per car of $10 - so don't be alarmed. Small but lush gardens, plenty of space for kids to run around with a fun mini...More

Date of experience: March 2017
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