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a wood gnat in peel forest
little mushrooms
peel forest fungi
trees with sunlight
DOC walking tracks
looking up at tree canopy in mount peel
Emily Falls a short walk away
1100 year old tree, a short walk
Emily Falls
rainforest moss
Kowhai Stream after snowfall
Enjoy the snow in winter
Climb Mount Peel
Unique Peel Forest plant life
Views to the east coast of NZ
The Lookout immersed in rainforest

Peel Forest is a remnant of a forest once covering much of mid-Canterbury. The diverse forest environment attracts walkers, and the Rangitata River lures fishers, canoeists and rafters.

The flora and fauna of Peel Forest Park are rich and abundant. The three largest trees in Peel Forest belong to the family Podocarpaceae, a very ancient family going back in time more than 100 million years. The three large trees are kahikatea (white pine), tōtara, and mataī (black pine). Peel Forest has a graduation of vegetation from mature forest to exposed tussock and herb-field communities. The forest, predominately podocarp and broadleaf rain forest, covers the mountain slopes to about 360 metres.

Walks in Peel Forest Scenic Reserve
Peel Forest Scenic Reserve

Walking tracks on your doorstep

-Little Mount Peel

-Big Mount Peel

-Emily Falls

-Rata Falls

-Deer Spur

-Fern Walk

-South Ridge Track

-Denistoun Bush Walk

(fairies hide here in the trees for children to find)

See map & DOC guide below

The Lookout is nestled in

Peel Forest Scenic Park

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