Views of the Southern Alps/Ka Tiritiri o te Moana from the Lauder Basin Conservation Area
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Introduction

Lauder Basin is around 9,000 ha of stunning high country set in the Dunstan Mountains.

It has an interesting mix of terrain including rocky outcrops, woody gorges, open tussock land, alpine cushion fields and tor studded alpine tops. 

The Lindis Valley altitude rises from 300 m to 1,500 m and this provides captivating views of the Manuherikia and Central Otago to the Upper Clutha and on a fine day as far away as Mt Aspiring/ Tititea and Aoraki/ Mt Cook. 

Find things to do and places to stay Lauder Basin Conservation Area

Public vehicle access to Lauder Basin Conservation Area is via easements on Lauder and Cluden Stations. The easements are across private land and the lands bordering the conservation area are working high country stations.

The Lauder Station easement allows for motor vehicle use only, motorcycles and all terrain vehicles are not permitted.

There are conditions for motorised vehicle access, make sure you read these and are familiar with conditions specific to each easement.

Applicant's name and vehicle details will be provided to the Station holders.

Get the padlock code

Contact either the Mt Aspiring National Park Visitor Centre +64 3 443 7660, the Alexandra Office +64 3 440 2040 or complete the online form below for the code to the padlocks to get 4WD access along the easements.

Online application for padlock codes.

Once your form has been processed, you will receive an email with the code to the padlocks. If you don't go into the conservation area immediately, the padlock code may change.

Where you can drive

Access is restricted to formed tracks: Lauder Basin Conservation Area map (PDF 1,129K)

Public vehicle access is restricted to the drier summer periods between 1 December to 30 April, but can be closed anytime within this period to avoid damage to the tracks. This can be due to safety risks, weather conditions, threats to conservation or track damage.

Vehicles are not permitted on the Lauder and Cluden Station easements between 8 pm and 7 am.

Because of the terrain and distances involved, horse trekking is potentially one of the best ways to appreciate the expansive features and sheer vastness of the Lauder Basin landscapes.

Horse gates are not provided; riders need to obtain the code for the locked gates.

How do I get the padlock codes?

Contact either the Mt Aspiring National Park Visitor Centre +64 3 443 7660, the Alexandra Office +64 3 440 2040 or complete the online form below for the code to the padlocks along the easements.

Online application for padlock codes.

Once your form has been processed, you will receive an email with the code to the padlocks. If you don't go into the conservation area immediately, the padlock code may change.

The current padlock code was last changed 5 March 2018. If you applied for the code you currently have before this date, it will no longer work. To get the latest code use the online application form above.

Contacts

Tititea / Mount Aspiring National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   03 4437660
Email:   wanakavc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   1 Ballantyne Road
Wanaka 9305
Postal Address:   PO Box 93
Wanaka 9343
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