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Canterbury inland scenic route: Christchurch to Lake Tekapo

Alford Scenic Reserve

Elevation of Alford Forest @elevation.maplogs Elevation of Alford Forest @elevation.maplogs

Alford Scenic Reserve offers varied vegetation, scenic views across Canterbury, and a history of forestry and diamond prospecting. Settlers used Alford Forest as one of their few sources of timber. Alford Scenic Reserve: Places to go in Canterbury.

INTERESTING FACT

  • In 1883, stones found in Alford Forest were identified as diamonds, leading to a brief “diamond rush” in the area, but the “diamonds” were eventually shown to be worthless crystals. wikipedia

Take a selfie of the extinct Moa statue against the Alford Visitor Centre.

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