Redcliff Creek, Takitimu Mountains
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The Takitimu Mountains are an impressive landform that provides opportunities for tramping, hunting and fishing amongst attractive open beech forest, tussock and screes.


The mountains are obvious from most places in Southland, particularly during winter when the tops are covered in snow. 

You can stay in Beech Hut, one of the oldest musterer’s huts remaining in Southland.

Place overview


  • Fishing
  • Hunting
  • Walking and tramping

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Good trout fishing is to be had in both the Aparima and Wairaki Rivers. Anglers should hold a current fishing licence and comply with its regulations.

Historic sightseeing

Beech Hut is one of the oldest musterer’s huts remaining in Southland.

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    About this place

    History and culture

    The Takitimu mountain range is named after the ancient Maori migration waka (canoe) Takitimu. The Ngāi Tahu Deed of Settlement places a topuni, a special recognition of Ngāi Tahu cultural, spiritual, historic and traditional values over the Takitimu mountain range.

    Getting there

    The Takitimu Mountains are located in western Southland. Formed legal access is from Princhester Road (off SH 94) and the Dunrobin Valley Road south of Mossburn.

    Formed legal access is limited to the Aparima River Track which starts at Pleasant Creek on Dunrobin Valley Road, and the Princhester Road. Adjoining land owners generally grant access across their properties if asked, but permission must be sought.

    • Pleasant Valley Station - Phone +64 3 248 6133
    • Waterloo Station - Phone +64 3 248 6145


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