Alford Scenic Reserve offers varied vegetation, scenic views across Canterbury, and a history of forestry and diamond prospecting. Settlers used Alford Forest as one of their few sources of timber.


The reserve is unusually wet allowing tōtara and kahikatea to grow, and climbs to 1171 m where subalpine shrubland is dominated by dracophyllum and slim-leaved snow tussock/wī.

Find things to do and places to stay Alford Scenic Reserve


Ōtautahi / Christchurch Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 379 4082
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   28 Worcester Boulevard
Christchurch 8013
Postal Address:   Private Bag 11089
Christchurch 8013
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