New Conservation Park
Ruataniwha Conservation Park in the Mackenzie Basin was officially opened in July by Associate Minister of Conservation, Mahara Okeroa. The new conservation park includes over 37,000 hectares of rugged mountain country, tussocklands, beech forest and sparkling clear rivers, in the ranges and valleys bordering lakes Ohau and Pukaki. “The scenery here is like something off the cover of a box of chocolates. It’s absolutely stunning,” said Mr Okeroa. Combing existing conservation land previously known as the Ohau Conservation Area, with new land acquired through tenure review on the Ben Ohau Range, gives the new park a stronger identity and diversity. Tramping, climbing, mountain biking, commercial skiing, ski touring, horse trekking, fishing and 4WD activities are all well catered for in Ruataniwha Conservation Park. The Department of Conservation has recognised that mountain biking is a growing recreational sport and there are numerous trails within this region for bikers. The newly completed Dusky Trail which runs for 26 km underneath the Ben Ohau Range has been formed with this group in mind. A guide to recreational opportunities within Ruataniwha Conservation Park is available from Twizel Te Manahuna Department of Conservation, Ph (03) 4350 802 or e-mail: email@example.com.