Hakatare Conservation Park

Over 50,000 hectares of Department of Conservation land - tramping, fishing, snow sports, climbing, hunting, boating its all on offer here.

Hakatere Conservation Park

This Conservation Park extends over some 50,000 hectares and will expand further as new areas are added through land tenure changes.

The park offers a range of recreational opportunities including swimming, boating, tramping, camping, natural history appreciation, fossicking, horse riding and fishing.

Hassle Free Tours also offer tours to Mt Sunday – where part of the Lord of the Rings was filmed. This is a ful day tour and is well worth it. Please contact the Methven i-SITE Visitor Centre to make a booking.  

Huts and Bivouacs

There are a number of huts scattered throughout the park. The Mt Somers Track links Pinnacles Hut and Woolshed Creek Hut. Both require hut tickets available from the Methven i-SITE Visitor Centre.

There are a number of other huts and bivvies in many of the river valleys throughout the park. Some are managed by DOC and others by clubs. All are available for public use. Although some of the huts need to be accessed through private land and permission must be obtained by the land owners first.


All boating on the lakes is regulated by Environment Canterbury. Powered craft are permitted on Lake Camp, a recreational reserve managed by the Ashburton District Council. On all other lakes no powered craft are permitted.

Sports fishing and game-bird hunting. The lakes, rivers and streams of the park all support an exotic sports fishery. The park also provides game-bird hunting.

Big-game Hunting

The park provides opportunities to hunt thar, chamois, deer and the occasional pig. All hunters must have a permit from DOC

Snow Sports

A commercial skifield at Mt Hutt offers a full range of options. Back country skiing options are also available through Mt Hutt Helicopters or Alpine Helicopters at Double Hill Station. For more information on these companies , or to make a booking contact the Methven i-SITE Visitor Centre.


The Taylor range above the Swin River and the headwaters of the Cameron River are both noted training grounds for budding alpinists. More technically challenging climbing is available in the higher peaks.

This information is from the DOC brochure Hakatere Conservation Park. This brochure and may others on the surrounding areas are available from the Methven i-SITE Visitor Centre.

Methven i-SITE Visitor Centre

PO Box 16
03302 8955