The Matai Track is named after the mataī tree which can be found in Talbot Forest. You will pass mataī trees along this walk and the other walks in the reserve. The mataī tree is known for its needle leaves and “hammered” bark. The bark appears as though it has markings on them.
You will also see other native trees, which are impressive in height and history. You will also see vines wrapping around each other. It is somewhere between a jungle and a conifer forest.
This track runs from the corner of Bridge Street and Tripp Street to Totara Street, where it connects with the Kahikatea Track. If you start on Tripp Street, you will find an interpretation panel with information about the trees and wildlife.
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 or even insects, such as dragonflies.