Located in the Otago region
Hāwea Conservation Park is located to the north of Lakes Wanaka and Hawea, and is accessed from the Haast Highway (SH6), Hunter Valley or Timaru Creek/Dingle Burn Station roads.
Northern and western areas of the Park are close to the Main Divide and therefore wet and moist, prone to high rainfall events. Southern and eastern areas are still mountainous and exposed to bad weather, but generally drier and can be hot in summer.
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.