Peel Forest & South Rangitata

Explore Peel Forest and South Rangitata by foot. Walks range from 1 hour to 3 hours in duration and encompass a broad range of scenery from paddocks to virgin podocarp forest.

Allan's Track, Peel Forest

Walking track

Duration: 5km, 3 hours return
Start Location: Follows on from Acland Falls track which starts off Rangitata Gorge Road

Key Highlights:

  • Follow Acland Falls track from Te Wanahu Flat and turn left into Allans track after about 500 metres.

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Coal Hill

Tramping track

Duration: 3km, 3 hours
Start Location: Public easement, marked from Rangitata Gorge Road

Key Highlights:

  • Track crosses paddocks before climbing steeply up the eastern face of Coal Hill to public conservation land.

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Dennistoun Bush Walk, Peel Forest

Walking track

Duration: 1.8km, 1 hour return
Start Location: Car park at Blandswood

Key Highlights:

  • Walk through magnificent ancient forest.

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Emily Falls Track, Peel Forest

Walking track

Duration: 3.2km, 1 hour 30 minutes
Start Location: Start of Blandswood Lookout

Key Highlights:

  • The falls are named after Emily Acland, wife of JB Acland.

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Kahikatea Walk

Walking track

Duration: 1.9km, 1 hour return
Start Location: Access near Peel Forest camping ground

Key Highlights:

  • Easy track for family
  • Shaded from wind and sun

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Rata Falls Track, Peel Forest

Walking track

Duration: 3km, 2 hours return
Start Location: Start of Blandswood Lookout Road, start at Emily falls track, turn right at fork

Key Highlights:

  • Expect to get your feet wet as it's a short 10 minutes walk upstream to reach the falls.

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The Fern Walk

Walking track

Duration: 6.6km, 3 hours return
Start Location: Start of Blandswood Lookout Road

Key Highlights:

  • The early part of the track passes through Mills Bush, a virgin podocarp forest. 68 species of fern are found along the walk.

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