Enfolded by the flanks of Little Mount Peel (1,331 meters), this 500-hectare park is a remnant of the vast podocarp forests which once covered much of Canterbury. Saved from logging by its difficult terrain, the forest contains some fine specimens of totara, matai and kahikatea. There are pleasant short strolls through fern glades, secluded picnic spots and stands of majestic trees which bring to mind Joseph Conrad's words: "when vegetation rioted on the Earth and the big trees were kings." A shop, camping and rental cottages are available.
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