The Totara Track is named after the tōtara tree. This tree can be found in Talbot Forest. In fact, the oldest tōtara tree in the forest is estimated to be 800 years old. The trees are impossible to miss as they are huge. To give you an idea of their size, the Maori used to use the tōtara tree to build war canoes (known as wake taua). These canoes had a capacity of 100 people.
You will be able to admire the tōtara tree up close on this walk, as there are heaps of them along the track.
This track is a straight path from the corner of Totara Street and Davies Street to the car park and picnic area on Tripp Street. From this point, the track also connects with the Reservoir 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 and many others.