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Matai Track – Talbot Forest Scenic Reserve

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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.

Quick Facts

        • Location: Geraldine, South Island, New Zealand
        • Time needed: 10 minute walk
        • Distance: 680 m
        • Difficulty: Very easy
        • Bikes allowed: Yes
        • Route: One way
        • Elevation: Unknown
        • Wet Feet: No
        • 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

    This walk starts at the car park on Tripp Street. Tripp Street is accessible from Waihi Terrace.

  • 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

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