Looking down to the flats at Hope Valley, Lake Sumner Forest Park
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)
Aerial 1080 application undertaken in the South Branch of the Hurunui River on 3 December 2013
This is a very remote area with no tracks / routes or public huts. Signs advising visitors of the aerial 1080 application are at the start of the South Branch valley.
The North Branch of the Hurunui River, containing many popular tracks and huts is not affected as the North and South branches are separated by the Crawford Range.
This is to control possums to protect the critically endangered orange-fronted parakeet / kākāriki found only in three Canterbury beech-forests valleys: the Hurunui South Branch, and the Hawdon and Poulter and Hawden valleys in Arthur’s Pass National Park. A similar 1080 operation was also undertaken in the Hawdon Valley.
For more information refer to the Eastern South Island pesticide summary.
The park supports a number of rare species. Learn about these species and their conservation and other features of the area.
Lake Sumner is a fantastic place for hunting, tramping and fishing.
DOC accommodation within the park includes many huts and bivvies as well as two conservation campsites.
Find out how to get to Lake Sumner Forest Park and which maps cover the area.
Find businesses that are DOC-approved to provide activities and services in Lake Sumner Forest Park.
DOC maps: Discover the outdoors - DOC's key places, campsites, tracks and huts, and visitor centres on a map
Check, Clean, Dry between waterways and stop the spread of didymo.
Walking track categories
Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:1. Plan your trip2. Tell someone3. Be aware of the weather4. Know your limits5. Take sufficient supplies
Alerts for Canterbury places
Hurunui Visitor Information Centre (managed by the Hurunui District Council)42 Amuri AveHanmer SpringsPhone: +64 3 315 0020 Fax: +64 3 315 0021