PISA CONSERVATION AREA (Crown land, administered by the Dept of Conservation)
To access the Pisa Conservation Area, follow the DOC route marked with orange triangles through the Snow Farm (shown in green on the map below). Do not go onto any other Snow Farm trails or use Snow Farm facilities (including huts) unless you purchase a valid Snow Farm day or season pass.
An alternative access easement exists from this carpark through the Southern Hemisphere Proving Ground (SHPG) leading to the Pisa Conservation Area. To use this legal easement, you MUST call in at the SHPG office beside the carpark to arrange for an induction and escort. A fee of $20 for the escort will be payable to SHPG through until August 31st.
ROBROSA STATION (private farmland)
This is the land directly in front of the carpark and extending to the north of the SHPG up to Mt Pisa.
Access to Robrosa land is a privilege, not a right. To snow kite on Robrosa Station you must be a member of the Southern Snow Kiting Association and follow all rules relating to access and safety while on Robrosa Station land.
SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE PROVING GROUNDS (SHPG)
There is STRICTLY NO access to SHPG land. Trespassers will be prosecuted. The SHPG area is fully fenced and signposted Refer to the SHPG Office for Easement access protocols
USE OF THE SNOW FARM ACCESS ROAD & CARPARK
There is a road toll per vehicle payable at the Snow Farm lodge office in winter season (Jun-Aug) or payable in honesty box located in the main carpark to the south of the Snow Farm base building at other times (Sep-May).
Park as directed by Snow Farm staff.
IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY – Phone 111
Ask for AMBULANCE (or POLICE if the accident site is not accessible by road)
Hazards to snow kiting exist on Robrosa Station and the Pisa Conservation Area. Common hazards include: Rocks / Cliffs / Fences / Avalanche Conditions / Inclement Weather / Streams / Ice / Whiteout Conditions. Weather can change quickly, so be prepared even if it is fine when you set out.
KITE ON ROBROSA STATION LAND AT YOUR OWN RISK
Robrosa Station is not liable for death/injury to yourself or any loss/damage to your personal property.
BACK COUNTRY CODE
- Dispose of your waste properly – you packed it in, pack it out! Use the toilets (At base building or Kirtle Burn Hut).
- Respect wildlife and farm animals
- Respect private property, leave gates as you find them
- Be considerate of other user
RECOMMENDED SKILLS / EQUIPMENT:
Snow kiting is a back country activity. Be prepared.
Check the weather forecast before you go.
Carry appropriate navigation equipment to find your way back to the carpark in a storm or whiteout (and know how to use it).
Have avalanche awareness and snow skills – check the
Avalanche Advisory before you go backcountry
Carry an emergency communication device and know how to use it – note cellphone coverage is sporadic on the Pisa range
SHPG Weather Station weather.shpg.co.nz/index.html
Avalanche Advisory: www.avalanche.net.nz
Ski Touring Information: www.skitouringnz.co.nz
Ski Touring Access Information skitouring.co.nz/ski-touring-access-to-the-pisa-range-rules/
Weather Forecast (Metservice Southern Lakes):
NZ Topo Maps: www.topomap.co.nz
Snow Farm: www.snowfarmnz.com
Southern Hemisphere Proving Grounds: www.shpg.co.nz
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