Nature and conservation
The area provides a range of spectacular mountain scenery, wide valleys, rivers and streams, lakes and tarns, beech forest, and waterfalls. Visitors are able to see and hear a range of native birds including bellbirds and tui. It is also the location of some of DOC's important work with endangered wildlife such as mohua and kakariki and native plants such as mistletoe.
Marble Hill, between Springs Junction and Maruia Springs, holds a special place in the history of conservation in New Zealand. In 1997 the then Minister of Conservation announced the protection of a large area of beech and podocarp forest containing ecological, wildlife and scenic reserves.
Access to the scenic reserve is from SH7 (the Lewis Pass Highway), east of Reefton.
Know before you go
- Look after the environment - all native plants, wildlife, and antrual features are strictly protected.
- Take your rubbish away and light fires only in proper fireplaces.
- It is essential that hunting permits are obtained from the Department of Conservation before any hunting expeditions.
- Check that dogs are permitted in the areas you intend to visit.
Weather conditions can change rapidly, particularly on the tops. Rain can quickly make even small streams treacherous to cross. Before starting out it is best to check with the Reefton Visitor Centre for the latest weather and track information.