Rakaia River

Image: Stephanie Benucci | ©


This vast area of mountain land is most often used by climbers, trampers, and hunters.

Place overview


  • Hunting

Find things to do and places to stay Rangitata and Rakaia Rivers area

About this place

Nature and conservation

Enjoy the central eastern Southern Alps and eastern mountain ranges, including Cloudy Peak, Armory, Jollie, Arrowsmith and Ragged Ranges.


You'll find snow tussocklands; scree, bluff, rockland sparse herbfields; cirque basin tussocklands and herbfields; subalpine shrublands; pockets of beech and hardwood forests.


Dominant plants are broad-leaved and mid ribbed snow tussock, Celmisia spp., Dracophyllum spp., mountain toatoa, snow t tara, Coprosma parviflora. Forest species include mountain beech/tawai, Hall’s t tara, and kaikawaka.


Blue duck/whio, kea, New Zealand falcon/kārearea, banded dotterel/pohowera, rock wren/tuke, and arctic tern have all been recorded here.


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