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Pisa Conservation Area

The Pisa Conservation Area is 23,000 ha of stunning high country overlooking the Upper Clutha and Wakatipu basins, and beyond to the Southern Alps/Ka Tiritiri o te Moana.

During winter, access to the Pisa Conservation Area (PCA) is proved by arrangement between Snow Farm NZ and Southern Hemisphere Proving Grounds (SHPG) as an alternative to the Legal Easement through the SHPG Vehicle Testing Facilities which requires briefing and escorts in and out to mitigate risks to visitors

The cost for this is to pay $20 for your vehicle at Snow Farm NZ’s Guest Services desk. If you’re a day visitor, your vehicle may be parked in the main car park. However, if you intend to stay overnight at one of our backcountry huts then you must park your vehicle against the lodge.

The alternative route is accessed to the south of the Snow Farm Lodge where you can access onto the trails. Once on the trails, you continue heading south for approximately 500m where you then need to turn off the trail and head down the valley marked with Department of Conservation (DOC) markers.

Access from the Snow Farm Lodge to DOC trail

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Full Route to the PCA

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This is the only part of the Snow Farm NZ trail network you’re permitted to use without a valid trail pass. If you are found on other trails without a pass you may be liable to enforcement action for using the Snow Farm NZ facilities without paying.

Once you arrive at Musterers flat to Musterers flat, you must cross the Meg River into the PCA. The Meg River delineates the boundary between the two properties.

When returning, you must follow the same route, and if returning after hours on the last 500m when you are on the Snow Farm NZ trails, please be mindful that machinery operates on these trails between the hours of 4pm – 9am.

Summer access

During the summer months, access is provided to the Snow Farm NZ trail network using the access at the southern end of the lodge. The summer road toll is $20 and can be paid using the honesty box at the access to the trails. Failure to pay and display a valid receipt or printed booking confirmation in your window may result in your vehicle being clamped.