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Canterbury inland scenic route: Christchurch to Lake Tekapo

Alford Scenic Reserve

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View from Mt Alford Track @DOC / Janey Thomas View from Mt Alford Track @DOC / Janey Thomas

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. Check DOC resource for up to date information.


  • 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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