Peel Forest Park

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Peel Forest Park
View of Mt Peel from Little Mt Peel NZ.JPG
View of Big Mt. Peel from Little Mt. Peel
Map showing the location of Peel Forest Park
Map showing the location of Peel Forest Park
Location Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand
Nearest city Geraldine
Coordinates 43°53′27″S 171°14′05″E / 43.8907°S 171.2348°E / -43.8907; 171.2348Coordinates: 43°53′27″S 171°14′05″E / 43.8907°S 171.2348°E / -43.8907; 171.2348[1]
Area 773 ha (1,910 acres)
Established 1909
Governing body Department of Conservation

The Peel Forest Park is a 773-hectare (1,910-acre)[2] forest preserve in the Canterbury region on the South Island of New Zealand. It is located near the Rangitata River and is in the foothills of the Southern Alps. The park is managed by the Department of Conservation.

The community of Peel Forest is located nearby.

Flora and fauna[edit]

The Peel Forest is the remnant of a large Podocarpaceae forest. The three major tree types are the kahikatea (white pine), tōtara and matai (black pine). Logging reduced the forest to its current size.[2] For his lengthy botanical study of Mount Peel, Harry Allan was awarded a Doctor of Science in 1923.[3]

The forest is also home to many birds including the New Zealand pigeon/kererū, fantail/pïwakawaka, and the tomtit/miromiro.[2]


Tramping is a popular activity in the park. There are several short walks, tramps, and one longer route that leads to the summit of Little Mount Peel.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Peel Forest Park Scenic Reserve". 
  2. ^ a b c "Features of Peel Forest Park". 2006-10-25. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  3. ^ Galbreath, Ross. "Harry Howard Barton Allan". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved December 2011.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  4. ^ "Activities in Peel Forest Park". 2006-10-25. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 

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