Bushy Park Wildlife Sanctuary And Homestead
A 100 hectare predator-free bird and native forest sanctuary
The Bushy Park Homestead and Wildlife Sanctuary is a 100 hectare native forest sanctuary kept predator-free for native birds and is ranked as one of Australasia’s “Top 25” Restoration Projects. There are 3.4km of easy all-weather walking tracks throughout the forest and wetlands area and a huge variety of bird life and species of trees. Bellbirds (kōmako), NZ bush pigeon (kereru), saddlebacks (tīeke), stitchbirds (hihi), morepork or owl (ruru), purple swamp hen (pūkeko), kingfishers (kotare)and white-faced heron (matuku moana) are just some you may see.
Don’t miss “Ratanui”, believed to be the biggest northern rata tree, 43 metres high with a girth of more than 11 metres with an age of between 500 and 1000 years. It is reputed to be the largest Rata tree in the world. The walking tracks take you through virgin lowland forest of tree species including mahoe, mamaku, pukatea, rata and rimu along with colonies of fern and mosses.
While you’re there, visit the 22 room 1906 Edwardian-era homestead registered as a Category One Heritage Building. Designed by Charles Tilleard Natusch, rooms are available as a homestay and a must see is the beautiful stained glass window in the hall entrance. The interior features fine wood panelling and a magnificent carved mantelpiece in the dining room. Self-contained motorhomes are welcome and families can come and enjoy a picnic in the homestead grounds.
Another feature of Bushy Park Homestead and Wildlfe Sanctuary is the fantastic Wetlands area, with covered viewing seats, beautiful wooden walking bridges and views both rainforest birdlife and wetlands birdlife in one easy location.
Bushy Park Homestead and Wildlfe Sanctuary is signposted from Whanganui and located at 791 Rangitautau East Road 25km from the city. Open from 10am to 3pm daily during the week and 10am to 5pm in the weekends and holidays for the summer, there is a $10 fee for adult entry with children under 15 years free. Winter hours are from May to November and hours are from 11am to 4pm Saturdays and Sundays.
a tour of bushy park
Enjoy beautiful walkways winding through native rain forest.
If you enjoy bird-watching, this is the place for you! Almost guaranteed to meet friendly native birds.
A beautiful and majestic homestead from 1906 offers plush accommodation – Motorhomes welcome too!
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December – April
Monday – Friday:
10:00am – 3:00pm
Saturday – Sunday:
10:00am – 5:00pm
May – November
Tuesday – Friday:
11:00am – 4:00pm
Homestead closed except prior arrangement.