Located in the Southland region
The mountains are obvious from most places in Southland, particularly during winter when the tops are covered in snow.
Good trout fishing is to be had in both the Aparima and Wairaki Rivers. Anglers must have a current fishing licence and comply with its regulations.
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.
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.
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.
Auckland and parts of the Waikato are at Level 3. DOC huts and campsites are closed in these regions. The rest of New Zealand is at Level 2.