Redcliff Creek, Takitimu Mountains
The Takitimu mountain range is named after the ancient Maori migration waka (canoe) Takitimu. The Ngāi Tahu Deed of Settlement places a topuni, a special recognition of Ngāi Tahu cultural, spiritual, historic and traditional values over the Takitimu mountain range.
The mountains are an impressive landform and they are obvious from most places in Southland, particularly during winter when the tops are covered in snow. The area provides opportunities for tramping, hunting and fishing amongst attractive open beech forest, tussock and screes.
View the Takitimu Mountains brochure and map (PDF, 1,980K).
The Ngāi Tahu Deed of Settlement places a tōpuni, a special recognition of Ngāi Tahu cultural, spiritual, historic and traditional values over the Takitimu Mountain Range.
You can walk tracks in the area; hunt deer, possums, pigs and goats; and fish trout. Make sure you have hunting and fishing permits.
You can stay in DOC-managed huts in the Takitimu Mountains.
View a map of Takitimu Mountains. Formed legal access is limited to the Aparima River Track. Adjoining land owners generally grant access across their properties if asked, but permission must be sought.
Find out about hunting in the Southland region, including where to hunt, access, permits, and places to stay.
Find businesses that are DOC-approved to provide activities and services in Takitimu Mountains.
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