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Kahikatea Track Walk – Talbot Forest Scenic Reserve

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The Kahikatea Track is named after the tallest native tree that can be found in New Zealand’s forests. They can reach heights of up to 40 metres. You will be able to see plenty of Kahikatea trees along this walk.

Before reaching the end of Hislop Street, you will see signs for walking tracks. Park along the side of the road near the sign and set out into the forest. This walk connects you to Totara Street where, at the end of the walk, there is a picnic area. 

About halfway through the walk, you will reach the car park near Totara Street. This connects with the Matai Track. You’re going to want to head on the track that leads left to complete the Kahikatea Track.

The end of the Kahikatea Track is also the beginning of the Totara Track.

Combine this walk with the 3 other walks in the Talbot Forest Scenic Reserve. They are all short walks. Combined, they do not even amount to an hour of walking. However, there is plenty of native vegetation to admire. Furthermore, you may encounter interesting native bird species, such as a fantail.

Quick Facts

        • Location: Geraldine, South Island, New Zealand
        • Time needed: 10 minute walk
        • Distance: 683 m
        • Difficulty: Easy
        • Bikes allowed: Yes
        • Route: One way
        • Elevation: Unknown
        • Wet Feet: There is wetter land at the end of Hislop St.
        • Toilets: There are toilets at the car park located near Tripp St.
        • Dogs: Yes, on a leash
        • Mobile Coverage: Yes, very good
        • Last Updated: June, 2020
  • Track Highlights

    Despite its proximity to the town, Talbot Forest truly immerses you in nature and gives you a glimpse of what New Zealand looked like before humans arrived.

  • Track Quality

    This walk is on hard-packed dirt terrain and forest floor.

  • Hazards


  • Transport


  • Water


  • Driving Instructions

    Drive to the end of Hislop Street

  • Shops or Restaurants nearby

    There are shops and restaurants in Geraldine.

  • Area & Track History

    Talbot Forest Scenic Reserve is on the northwestern edge of the Geraldine Township. The trees in this reserve are the last conifer and hardwood trees that used to cover the entire Geraldine area.

  • Camping & huts on or near the walk

    No camping on this walk

Map of Kahikatea Track Walk – Talbot Forest Scenic Reserve

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