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Allans Track Walk – Te Wanahu – Peel Forest Park Scenic Reserve

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Allans Track is the most difficult of the walks from Te Wanahu Flat. Start the walk by following the Acland Falls Track. It is a steep and stepped climb of about 500 metres, after which the path splits. Turn left onto Allans Track. 

From this point, the terrain becomes rough. It is undulating and narrow. Many sections can be muddy and slippery. You might find yourself walking through or side-stepping large puddles. There will also be roots along the path.

Despite the difficult terrain, the track is well marked so it is impossible to get lost. The forest opens briefly to overlook the Canterbury plains.

Once the track joins Deer Spur track, it is wider. This part of the walk is a steep descent so it is important to be careful after wet weather. The bottom of the track joins with Fern Walk. Follow Fern Walk back to Te Wanahu Flat.

You will be surrounded by native podocarp forest for the parts of this walk near the valley floor. Once you reach higher slopes, you will also see subalpine and alpine vegetation. This walk allows you to experience the variety Peel Forest Park has to offer.

Quick Facts

        • Location: Geraldine, South Island, New Zealand
        • Time needed: 2-3 hour walk
        • Distance: 5 km
        • Difficulty: Hard
        • Bikes allowed: Unknown
        • Route: Loop
        • Elevation: 310 m
        • Wet Feet: The track can be muddy and slippery.
        • Toilets: There are toilets at the public shelter at the start of the walk.
        • Dogs: No
        • Mobile Coverage: Poor coverage
        • Last Updated: June, 2020
  • Track Highlights

    Though there are not many views along this hike, it is rewarding for those that like a challenge. There are some open sections overlooking Canterbury plains.

  • Track Quality

    This is an out and back tramping track from where it leaves off from Acland Falls track until it rejoins Fern Walk. It can be steep, muddy, rooty, and narrow.

  • Hazards

    Roots and slippery terrain

  • Transport


  • Water

    Drinking water is available at the public shelter.

  • Driving Instructions

    Peel Forest Park Scenic Reserve is 22 km north of Geraldine. Head north on SH72 for 8 km. Turn left after Orari Bridge on Geraldine Arundel Road. Turn left after 3 km onto Peel Forest Road. Continue for 13 km.

  • Shops or Restaurants nearby

    There are a couple shops and restaurants nearby, before entering the reserve.

  • Area & Track History

    Peel Forest Park Scenic Reserve is the largest reserve in the Geraldine area, covering 783 hectares.

    The track is named after botanist  H H B Allan (1882–1957), who wrote a book on the vegetation in Mt Peel Forest. He is  best known for his Volume One of the Flora of New Zealand.

  • Camping & huts on or near the walk

    Yes, there is a camping ground at Clarke Flat.

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