Hakatere Conservation Park
Image: Brian Dobbie | ©



Hakatere Conservation Park, in mid-Canterbury, is centred around the Ashburton Lakes District between the Rakaia and Rangitata Rivers.

It covers nearly 60,000 hectares of rugged mountain country, tussocklands, beech forest and sparkling clear rivers and lakes between two mighty rivers the Rakaia and Rangitata.

Find things to do and places to stay Hakatere Conservation Park

All boating on lakes is regulated by EnvironmentCanterbury (ECan). Powered craft are permitted on Lake Camp, a recreation reserve managed by the Ashburton District Council. On all other lakes no powered craft are permitted. For any matters relating to water regulations contact the Harbour Master, ECan, Kilmore Street, Christchurch, +64 3 365 3828.

For queries about Lake Camp Recreation Reserve, contact the Ashburton District Council, Baring Square, Ashburton, +64 3 307 7700.

The Taylor Range above the Swin River and the headwaters of the Cameron River are both noted training grounds for budding alpinists. More technically challenging climbing is available in the higher peaks.

The lakes, rivers and streams of the park all support an exotic sports fishery.

Vehicle access to Harrisons Bight

Seasonal access to Harrisons Bight is available to permit holders. Find out how to obtain a permit and what conditions apply.

A commercial skifield at Mt Hutt offers a full range of skiing options. Backcountry heli-skiing is available in the higher country.

Check, Clean, Dry

Clean all gear when moving between waterways to prevent the spread of didymo and other freshwater pests.

How to check, clean, dry your gear.


Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park Visitor Centre
Phone +64 3 435 1186
Email mtcookvc@doc.govt.nz
Address 1 Larch Grove
Aoraki/Mount Cook 7999
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