Canterbury region

Looking down to the flats, Hope Valley, Lake Conservation Park. Photo: C Mahoney.

Looking down to the flats at Hope Valley, Lake Sumner Forest Park

Map of New Zealand highlighting the Canterbury region.

Remote high-country lakes, beech-clad mountains, wide rivers and hot springs complete this picturesque landscape, a tramper’s mecca and a safe haven for endangered species.

Lake Sumner - Lewis Pass brochure (PDF, 2,357K)

Alert/Important notice

 17 February 2015: Aerial 1080 application in the South Branch of the Hurunui valley

  • Unlike the North Branch of the Hurunui River, there are no tracks or routes in South Branch of the Hurunui but signs are posted at the road end. There is also a 100 m bait exclusion zone around the Upper South Branch Hurunui Hut.
  • This is to control rats to protect the critically endangered orange-fronted parakeet / kākāriki found only in three Canterbury beech-forests valleys.

For more information refer to the Eastern South Island pesticide summary


Lake Sumner Forest Park lies 100 km northwest of Christchurch between the Lewis Pass and Arthur’s Pass National Park.

Find out more


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


Hurunui Visitor Information Centre 
(managed by the Hurunui District Council)
42 Amuri Ave
Hanmer Springs
Phone:  +64 3 315 0020
Fax: +64 3 315 0021

Rangiora Office
Phone:      +64 3 313 0820
Full office details