The Pisa Conservation Area is 23,000 ha of stunning high country overlooking the Upper Clutha and Wakatipu basins and beyond to the Southern Alps/Ka Tiritiri o te Moana.

During winter, valid trail pass or season holders can access the terrain via the Snow Farm NZ trails.

Our $10(per day) Backcountry Access Pass allows users to access the backcountry between the hours of 9:00 am to 4:00 pm using the River Run trail only. 

Access to the Pisa Conservation Area (PCA) is also provided by Southern Hemisphere Proving Grounds (SHPG) through the Legal Easement through the SHPG Vehicle Testing Facilities. For more information, contact: admin@shpg.co.nz or call +64 3 443 0344.

Snow and avalanche Conditions

Beyond the Snow Farm Trails across the Meg River is the Pisa Conservation Area . 

This means there may be avalanche hazard present, and there are no ski-patrol services.  Anyone venturing into the Backcountry takes responsibility for their own decisions on factors such as weather, terrain and avalanche hazard.   

Our staff don’t keep tabs on snow or avalanche conditions outside Snow Farm NZ boundaries.