Eyre Mountains at dusk
Image: John Barkla | ©
Located in the Southland region
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.