Lindis Pass

Image: Shellie Evans | ©

Introduction

This area of high country is possibly New Zealand's best known tussock grassland landscape. It provides recreational opportunities from short walks to challenging mountain-biking and tramping trips.

Place overview

Activities

  • Mountain biking
  • Walking and tramping
  • Stop the spread of didymo and other freshwater pests.

    Remember to Check, Clean, Dry all items before entering, and when moving between, waterways.

Find things to do and places to stay Lindis Conservation Area

About this place

Nature and conservation

Snow tussock grassland dominates the landscape. Longslip Mountain (1494 metres) has one of the most extensive sites of the buttercup ranunculus haastii in the Mackenzie Basin.

This area of high country provides a stunning visual backdrop for motorists travelling over Lindis Pass, possibly New Zealand's best known tussock grassland landscape.

Wildlife

The high alpine ridges, rock bluffs, screes and snow-tussock grasslands host the New Zealand falcon/kārearea, New Zealand pipit/pihoihoi and spotted skink while lower altitude shrublands and beech forests provide habitat for fantail/pīwakawaka, grey warbler/riroriro and rifleman/tītitipounamu.

Getting there

There are three main entrance points to conservation land in this region:

  • A car park approximately 11 km along Birchwood Road in the Ahuriri Valley. 
  • A car park on SH8 at Dalrachney road bridge.
  • A car park signposted on the Otago side of Lindis Pass.

Know before you go

Day walkers and overnight trampers need to plan properly and be well equipped. The NZTopo50 map sheet CA14 Lindis Pass is recommended. 

Lindis Conservation Area map (PDF, 316K)

Weather

In summer, very hot and dry conditions are common. Make sure you carry plenty of water and have adequate protection against the sun. Alpine conditions may be experienced at any time of the year, with the higher country subject to snow and ice during the winter months.

Ensure you carry warm and waterproof clothing and wear sturdy boots. Be prepared.

Public access easements

There are public access easements crossing through several working high-country stations. Always respect the landowner’s livestock and property; stay on the marked track until you reach the conservation land, leave gates as you find them and use stiles where provided.

For your safety

River crossing: Treat all rivers and streams with respect. Be aware of recent weather conditions. Do not attempt to cross swollen rivers or streams.

Fire: Fire restrictions apply to all public conservation land. Check with local information centres or DOC for the current fire status.

Communications: Cell phone coverage cannot be relied upon in this region. The use of satellite phones, mountain radios or personal locator beacons can all provide increased personal safety.

Hunting

Hunting is confined to public conservation land. As Longslip, Breast Hill and Dalrachney stations border this land it is important that hunters confirm the status of the area in which they intend to hunt. Hunters need to obtain a hunting permit from the local DOC office. Hunting in Twizel Te Manahuna area.

Contacts

Te Manahuna / Twizel Office
Phone:   +64 3 435 0802
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   twizel@doc.govt.nz
Address:   15 Wairepo Road
Twizel 7901
Postal Address:   Private Bag
Twizel 7944
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