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Adjacent to the highway is the Lindis Conservation Area. Here snow tussock grassland dominates the landscape. Longslip Mountain (1494 metres) has one of the most extensive sites of the buttercup ranunculus haastii in the Mackenzie Basin. Native bird species living here include titipounamu (rifleman), riroriro (grey warbler), piwakawaka (fantail) and karearea (falcon).
Although there are no formally marked tracks in the Lindis Conservation Area, you're welcome to explore the undulating terrain. It's also possible to walk, mountain bike or horse ride across private land to the Lindis River via Smiths Creek. This route begins is on the Tarras side of the pass - look for the parking area.
Remember that this is an exposed alpine area and the weather can be unpredictable. Ensure you carry warm, windproof clothing and appropriate footwear.