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CURRENT ALERT
ALL DOC FACILITIES CLOSED! Limited facilities in Arthur's Pass Village.
COVID-19 RESPONSE: ALL DOC campsites, huts, tracks, great walks, and visitor centres are now closed throughout New Zealand. HUNTING, FISHING, TRAMPING ETC IS NOT PERMITTED! No one is to use campsites or any hut for self-isolation or "lock-down"! Where ever you find yourself NOW (midnight 25th March), is where you MUST live for the NEXT 4 WEEKS+!

Only limited facilities / resources will be available in Arthur's Pass Village after midnight Wednesday 25th March.

Craigieburn Forest Park

Helicopter Hill via Lyndon Saddle

TRACK GRADE: Walking Track

WALKING TIME: 3-4 Hours Return

FEATURES: Beech Forest, Views, Birds

RESTRICTIONS : No Mountain Biking on Helicopter Hill Track or Track from the Mistletoe campground to Lyndon Saddle.

MAPS / INFO : Craigieburn Brochure (PDF 557KB) / Craigieburn Partial Map (PDF 417Kb) / Craigieburn Full Map (PDF 2.59MB)

LOCATION: From Arthur's Pass travel on Highway 73 for 40km (40 minutes) towards Christchurch.

Turn right onto the Broken River Skifield road (gravel).

This excellent circuit track to Lyndon Saddle and Lyndon / Helicopter Hill begins by the shelter at the Craigieburn picnic area. The track crosses the Cave Stream and grassy terraces, and then sidles steeply through dense regenerating beech forest.

The saddle has a four way junction and the track to Lyndon / Helicopter Hill climbs along a steep ridge with open screes between the beech forest. In parts the track is not clearly marked, but the route is obvious.

The top of Lyndon / Helicopter Hill (1262m) is covered with tussock and low herbs and grasses with some stands of exotic pine trees on the lower slopes. This is a superb viewpoint for the Craigieburn and Torlesse Ranges and the limestone landscape of the Castle Hill Basin.

Back at Lyndon saddle an alternative track leads down through low glacial terraces with some tall attractive beech forest, and reaches the Broken River skifield road. It is about 20 minutes down the road and back to the shelter following the meandering Cave Stream.

Helicopter Hill

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