New Con­ser­va­tion Park

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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: apear­son@doc.govt.nz.

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