Gordon Park Scenic Reserve Whanganui
This small reserve is a precious sample of a lowland forest
This small reserve is a precious sample of a lowland forest type which was once common in the area. The reserve features a flat and well-formed track and is home to an interesting array of birds.
Although Gordon Park Scenic Reserve is a relatively small reserve at 14.5 hectares, it is a precious sample of lowland forest type which was once common in the area. The walk offers a bush experience that walks you through species such as matai, totara, titoki, tawa, kowhai and kahikatea. The reserve is also home to an interesting array of birds.
Gordon Park Scenic Reserve is situated close to Whanganui City on the corner of Kaimatira Road and No.3 Line to the east of State Highway 4. Hop over the stile on Kaimatira Road or drive into the car park a little further down to the start of this short walk.
Dogs, fires and camping are not permitted in this reserve. Pest weeds are controlled by the Friends of Gordon Park and DOC who meet at the reserve twice a month. The reserve is often subject to unlawful dumping of garden waste and rubbish, so the reserve is monitored regularly.
Up for more adventure? Bushy Park Sanctuary is a great place to check out, located at 791 Rangitatau East Road. It is 8 kilometres from Kai Iwi and 25 kilometres from Whanganui City. The sanctuary is a 100 hectare predator-free native bird sanctuary, set amongst one of the few patches of virgin lowland forest.
Within the Bushy Park Sanctuary there are 3.4km of metalled or well-formed walking tracks throughout the forest providing easy all-weather access for visitors. Tree species include mahoe, mamaku, pukatea, rata, and rimu along with colonies of ferns and mosses. A feature of the reserve is a large northern rata Metrosideros robusta named Ratanui (“Big Rata”). It is estimated to be between 500 and 1000 years old and is 43 metres in height and has a girth that exceeds 11 metres.
The reserve is also home to an interesting array of birds!
This easily accessible short walk is a great introduction to bushwalking (wheelchair and buggy accessible).
There is a car park and picnic table at the start of the track.
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