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

Nature Walk

TRACK GRADE: Walking Track

WALKING TIME: 20 Minutes Return

FEATURES: Beech Forest, Mistletoe, Birdlife

RESTRICTIONS : No Mountain Biking

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 Craigieburn Environmental Education Centre road (gravel).

This pleasant walk through mountain beech forest begins at the Centre. You can have a close look at the different stages of beech tree life, and what grows on the trees - lichens, mosses and a small insect which secretes honey dew ( a small droplet of sweet liquid that birds feed on). Between late December to february the red flowers of the native mistletoe can produce patches of blazing colour in the tree canopy.

Common native birds living in this area are Rifleman, Bellbird, Tomtit and Graywarbler.

Red Mistletoe

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