Redcliff Creek, Takitimu Mountains

Image: Karl Blass | DOC


The Takitimu Mountains are an impressive landform that provides opportunities for tramping, hunting and fishing amongst attractive open beech forest, tussock and screes.


The mountains are obvious from most places in Southland, particularly during winter when the tops are covered in snow. 

Place overview


  • Fishing
  • Hunting
  • Walking and tramping

Find things to do and places to stay Takitimu Conservation Area

About this place

History and culture

The Takitimu mountain range is named after the ancient Maori migration waka (canoe) Takitimu. The Ngāi Tahu Deed of Settlement places a topuni, a special recognition of Ngāi Tahu cultural, spiritual, historic and traditional values over the Takitimu mountain range.

Getting there

The Takitimu Mountains are located in western Southland. Formed legal access is from Princhester Road (off SH 94) and the Dunrobin Valley Road south of Mossburn.

Formed legal access is limited to the Aparima River Track which starts at Pleasant Creek on Dunrobin Valley Road, and the Princhester Road. Adjoining land owners generally grant access across their properties if asked, but permission must be sought.

  • Pleasant Valley Station - Phone +64 3 248 6133
  • Waterloo Station - Phone +64 3 248 6145

Know before you go

For your safety during March and April, the 'roar' (deer hunting season), you should wear hi-viz clothing and pack covers when tramping in the area.


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