Rock Peak, Pisa Conservation Area

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The Pisa Conservation Area is 23,000 ha of stunning high country overlooking the Upper Clutha and Wakatipu basins, and beyond to the Southern Alps/Ka Tiritiri o te Moana.

Place overview


  • Four wheel driving
  • Horse riding
  • Hunting
  • Mountain biking
  • Skiing and ski touring
  • Walking and tramping

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Find things to do and places to stay Pisa Conservation Area

About this place

Nature and conservation

The Pisa Range is the highest of Central Otago's fault block mountains and consists of very distinctive landforms and ecological systems. 

History and culture

Along the tops, remnants of the Criffel diggings; reputed to be the highest gold diggings in Otago, reveal hand dug water races, tailings and outlines of former miner’s dwellings.

Getting there

There are several public entry points to the Pisa Conservation Area, described on the Little Criffel Track and Pisa Conservation Area tramping tracks pages.


Tititea / Mount Aspiring National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 27 629 1012
Address:   1 Ballantyne Road
Wanaka 9305
Postal Address:   PO Box 93
Wanaka 9343
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