Natural Attraction

Snowdon Forest Conservation Area

Snowdon Forest Conservation Area, Te Anau Downs

Snowdon Forest is a picturesque conservation area with grassy valleys and forest. It offers a variety of year round recreational opportunities for fishing, hunting and tramping, although visitors should be well equipped and have good back country skills. There are two basic first come, first served huts in the area.

The Mararoa, Whitestone and Upukerora Rivers flow through the area and offer good fishing for brown and rainbow trout (although the Upukerora is fly fishing only), and deer, pigs, and possums can be hunted in the forest. Fishing and hunting permits area essential in the conservation area.

The many tramping tracks in Snowdon Forest are used infrequently and lots are marked routes only. Those to South Mavora Lake, Kiwi Burn Hut and the Whitestone River are checked and cleared once a year. The others are checked for markers yearly and cleared every three years.

Bog Pine Paddock within the conservation area was a filming location for Fangorn Forest in the Lord of the Rings.

Please Note: Access to parts of Snowdon Forest is across private land, so permission must be obtained from adjoining landowners beforehand. Otherwise, use legal roads or riverside marginal strips - although most marginal strips are suitable only for walking access.

Dog access is allowed only for dogs with a DOC permit. To obtain a permit contact the Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre.

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Last modified
Mon 25 Nov 2019
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