Eyre Mountains at dusk

Image: John Barkla | ©


The park provides unique opportunities to enjoy a backcountry experience in a remote setting. The area is isolated and, for the most part, physically demanding. You can visit the tiny fragile historic Dog Box Hut.


  • Tramping, fishing, hunting, four wheel driving, mountain biking, horse riding, picnicking and camping are popular options in this remote and scenic landscape. 
  • There are limited but challenging climbing opportunities including Eyre Peak at1969 m, and Jane Peak at 2022 m, the highest in Southland outside Fiordland National Park.
  • The smallest hut in the land, Dog Box Hut captures the lost era of the horseback high country muster.
  • You can stay in Beech Hut, one of the oldest musterer’s huts remaining in Southland.
  • There are good camping opportunities throughout the park. The Irthing Valley Picnic Area has a toilet and barbeque areas are provided. Elsewhere campers must be more self-sufficient. There are several beech clearings near hut sites suitable for pitching tents, as well as opportunities to camp in open valleys.
  • The park covers 65,160 ha of existing public conservation land and includes the headwaters of the Upper Mataura and Ōreti Rivers that eventually flow into Foveaux Strait.
  • The terrain at the southern end of the park is typically more gentle than the north, with altitudes dropping to 400 m in places.

Place overview


  • Barbeque
  • Toilets
  • Picnic tables


  • Fishing
  • Hunting
  • Mountain biking
  • Walking and tramping

In this section

Find things to do and places to stay Eyre Mountains/Taka Rā Haka Conservation Park

About this place

Getting there

The park is approximately an hour’s drive from Invercargill or Queenstown and can be accessed from a number of points along SH6 between Kingston and Five Rivers, the Five Rivers Mossburn Road and from SH94 Mossburn – Te Anau.

Practical and legal public access is available to the Ōreti, Acton, Cromel, Eyre Creek and Mataura catchments. Elsewhere access is over private roads or pastoral run land and permission must be obtained to cross it.

Access into the Eyre Mountains via Acton Road or via Windley Valley Road and Acton Burn are closed due to heavy machinery operations. Rayonier Matariki Forests will consider public access requests – contact southlandpermits@rayonier.com.

Know before you go

While the area offers a wide scope of recreational opportunities, it is recommended visitors to this area have good backcountry experience and are well prepared.

The terrain is remote and physically demanding, while weather patterns can change dramatically with little warning. Snow can fall at any time of the year, and sudden heavy rain can be particularly hazardous - as small easily crossed streams quickly become impassable.

Take adequate food, clothing and equipment. Portable stoves and fuel must be carried.

Mobile coverage in the area is extremely limited. It is recommended that visitors carry a Personal Locator Beacon or a Mountain Radio.

Topo50 series topographical maps CD09 South Mavora Lake, CD10 Eyre Peak, CD11 Kingston, CC10 Walter Peak, CC11 Queenstown should be used by all visitors to the park.

Before you go into the outdoors, tell someone your plans and leave a date to raise the alarm if you haven't returned. To do this, use the New Zealand Outdoors Intentions process on the AdventureSmart website. It is endorsed by New Zealand's search and rescue agencies and provides three simple options to tell someone you trust the details about your trip.


Murihiku / Invercargill Office
Phone:   +64 3 211 2400
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   invercargill@doc.govt.nz
Address:   7th Floor
CUE on Don
33 Don Street
Invercargill 9810
Postal Address:   PO Box 743
Invercargill 9840
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