Rangitata and Rakaia Rivers area
Located in the Canterbury region
IntroductionThis vast area of mountain land is most often used by climbers, trampers, and hunters.
Find things to do and places to stay Rangitata and Rakaia Rivers area
Stay safe when crossing rivers
If you plan to cross unbridged rivers, know how to cross safely and be prepared for if you cannot cross.
Do not cross if the river is flooded, you cannot find safe entry and exit points or are unsure it’s safe. Turn back or wait for the river to drop. If in doubt, stay out.
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.