Activities in Peel Forest Park

Tracks and walks

Peel Forest track.
Peel Forest track

A wide variety of short and long tracks extend into the park. Your choices range from a gentle stroll around Dennistoun Bush or a more adventurous tramp up Little Mt Peel/Hautakerekere. All tracks are signposted and well marked. Any tracks above the bushline should be considered a tramping track.

Other activities


The Rangitata River is one of New Zealand’s best known salmon fishing rivers. Between December and June the Quinnat Salmon run up the snow fed waters to the spawning grounds at the head of the river.

Trout fishing is also available in the river and also at Deep Creek near Mesopotamia Station.

Kayaking and canoeing / Rafting

The Rangitata is one of New Zealand’s most exciting stretches of white water. It is suitable for rafting and canoeing and provides a wide variety of conditions, which become more difficult as you get closer to the gorge.

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Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies

Alerts for Canterbury places


Raukapuka / Geraldine Office
Phone:      +64 3 693 1010
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Ōtautahi / Christchurch Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 3 379 4082
Address:   Botanic Gardens Information Centre
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Armagh Street Carpark
Christchurch 8013
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