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

 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.


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

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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


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
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