Vehicle access to Harrison's Bight has ended for this season.


Access unavailable

Vehicle access has ended for this season. Access will be available again at the beginning of the next season (Saturday 2 November).

How to apply for access

Access to this road has closed for the season and will be available again next season (2 November). This page will be updated when applications have reopened.

For more information, contact:

Raukapuka / Geraldine Office
Phone:   +64 3 693 1010
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   13 – 15 North Terrace
Geraldine 7930
Postal Address:   PO Box 33
Geraldine 7956
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 8443
Central South Island Fish & Game Office

Phone: +64 3 615 8400

Conditions of use

  1. Vehicle usage is seasonal.
  2. Vehicle owners will require permits to use the track and that permit holders comply with the permit conditions.
  3. Permit holders must read the conditions and disclaimer regarding usage expectations, prior to permit issue.
  4. Track may be closed (temporarily or permanently) at any time that:
    a) breaches of the permit conditions become unacceptable; or
    b) unseasonal weather conditions affect the site. Unseasonal weather conditions could include extreme fire danger or wet ground.
  5. Permits will only be issued to owners of 4WD vehicles that are legally registered and, therefore, display registration plates. See below for list of acceptable vehicles.

Track opening and closing times

The standard annual opening and closing dates will be:

  • Opening - first Saturday in November
  • Closing -  last weekend in April

Unplanned closure

DOC may close the track at any time during the open season for reasons including:

  • high fire risk conditions
  • extended wet periods
  • unacceptable damage to the facilities, biodiversity values, or social conflicts.


The track can be accessed by the following (registered and warranted) vehicles:

  • 4WD vehicles
  • Motorbikes
  • ATVs (all terrain vehicles)

Location map

Lake Heron (PDF, 370K)

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