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Dennistoun Bush Walk – Blandswood – Peel Forest Park Scenic Reserve

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Dennistoun Bush Walk is clearly signposted from the car park at the end of Blandswood Road. The track starts in one direction and then splits about halfway through. This is where the loop part of the track starts and ends, so you are free to choose which direction to start with.

Along this loop, there is also a detour that is worth the side trip. The detour leads to a saw pit, a remnant of the extensive milling that took place during the 1800s before the land was protected.

Near this detour and near Brake Road, you will also see a hollow tōtara stump. The stump is so large that a whole family could stand inside its hollow.

Dennistoun Bush Walk is through 40 hectares of forest, most of which is kahikatea, lowland tōtara and mataī. As all three tree types are massive, it is easy to see why they would have been targeted for milling. The trees were used for building and fencing material.

This walk is short and easy. It is suitable for the whole family. It is also a great detour for those interested in the longer hikes in the reserve.

Quick Facts

        • Location: Geraldine, South Island, New Zealand
        • Time needed: 1 hour walk
        • Distance: 1.8 km
        • Difficulty: Easy
        • Bikes allowed: Unknown
        • Route: Loop
        • Elevation: None
        • Wet Feet: Muddy sections
        • Toilets: No
        • Dogs: No
        • Mobile Coverage: Poor coverage
        • Last Updated: June, 2020
  • Track Highlights

    This track is through native and ancient trees.

  • Track Quality

    This is a well-gravelled flat track.

  • Hazards


  • Transport


  • Water


  • Driving Instructions

    Peel Forest Park Scenic Reserve is 22 km north of Geraldine. Head north on SH72 for 8 km. Turn left after Orari Bridge on Geraldine Arundel Road. Turn left after 3 km onto Peel Forest Road. Continue for 13 km. Turn left onto Blandswood Road. Drive 2 km until you reach the car park.

  • Shops or Restaurants nearby

    There are a couple shops and restaurants nearby, before entering the reserve.

  • Area & Track History

    Peel Forest Park Scenic Reserve is the largest reserve in the Geraldine area, covering 783 hectares.

  • Camping & huts on or near the walk

    There is a camping ground at Clarke Flat.

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