Victoria Conservation Park


Reefton i-SITE Visitor Centre

67-69 Broadway, Reefton, 
Buller 7930, West Coast, NZ
0064 3 732 8391

New Zealand’s largest Conservation Park is located around Reefton. The Victoria Conservation Park is managed by the Department of Conservation. It covers a vast area of 180,000 hectares centred on the Victoria and Brunner Ranges with the Inangahua, Maruia and Grey Rivers making their way through the landscape as they flow to the coast.Diverse and rich beech forest covers most of the landscape with each of the five types present - red, silver, mountain, black and hard.

Tuis, bellbird, tomtit and robin are a common site amongst these forests, along with kea, kaka, red and yellow crowned parakeets and in some places you can hear great spotted kiwi calling at night. New Zealand's only native land mammel (the Pekapeka or native bat) lives in the remote areas of the park.

Relics from the quartz gold mining era can be found hidden amongst the regenerating beech forest. People should not leave the marked tracks or enter mining areas, there are unmarked holes and mines in the forest and theses areas can be dangerous. From the tracks you can see items such as abandoned mines, stamper battery's, boilers, winding plant, buildings and other mining history.

A variety of walks and tramps, many dating from the late 1800's provide access through the Parks and into its remote mountains. These tracks provide a range of walking and mountain biking opportunities from a few hours duration to over night stays, many of which are suitable for family groups and people of all fitness levels.

Many walks and tramps offer Department of Conservation huts and Waiuta has a fully equiped lodge bookable through the Reefton i-SITE Visitor Centre. However a large amount of the Park is remote and requires trampers to be experienced and self sufficiant. Please check the current condition of tracks and weather conditions at the Reefton i-SITE Visitor Centre.

Other activities are possible within the Park, including fishing, mountain biking, 4WDing, kayaking, gold panning and hunting.



Accommodation with a golden past

Reefton's gold rush in the 1860's helped to establish many of today's exisiting buildings and accommodation providers. As well as charm and history, you can also stay in modern hotels, motels and B&Bs or take in the serenity at the local camping ground or DOC sites. 


Many menus, coffee's & wine lists to try

The rumbling stomach is easily satisfied with a range of cheap and cherry through to gourmet cafe's, restaurants. Or if you are looking to cook up a storm yourself we have got your ingredients covered at our grocery stores and supermarket...


On the way, between Greymouth & Nelson

Reefton is the West Coasts only inland town located among the spectacular Paparoa and Victoria ranges. The town lies alongside the wild Inangahua River and is surrounded by the Victoria Conservation Park which at 180,000ha is New Zealand’s largest...


A destination with lots to see and do

Rugged native scenery, a rich and well preserved heritage, a tourism hub, a relaxed pace and a natural adventure playground at its doorstep - Reefton in the buller region of the West Coast of NZ, is a place for everyone to enjoy - be it for a day or two, a week or a place to call home...


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