Kahikatea Walk – Clarke Flat – Peel Forest Park Scenic Reserve

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The Kahikatea walk in Peel Forest Park is one of the easiest walks in the Scenic Reserve.

It is a flat and only takes about an hour. The majority of this walk is over dirt parked track, but there are boardwalks for the wetter areas.

The walk is named after the kahikatea tree, which can be found along this track. However, there is only a small section of kahikatea swamp forest remaining. Much of the remaining area is made up of saw pits which indicate why exactly the kahikatea forest has become so small.

This walk can be started from Te Wanahu Flat or Clarke Flat. The walk is a loop so you will nevertheless be able to experience the entirety of the track without having to circle back. For those staying at the Clarke Flat camping ground, it is the obvious choice to start from there. On the other hand, Te Wanahu Flat allows easier access to a number of the other walks in the area, namely Big Tree Walk and Fern Walk.

Quick Facts about this walk

  • Location: Geraldine, South Island, New Zealand
  • Time needed: 1 hour walk
  • Distance: 1.9 km
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Bikes allowed: Unknown
  • Route: Loop
  • Elevation: None
  • Wet Feet: There are boardwalks for wetter areas.
  • Toilets: There are toilets at the public shelter.
  • Dogs: No
  • Mobile Coverage: Poor coverage
  • Last Updated: June, 2020

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