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Totara Track Walk – Talbot Forest Scenic Reserve

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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.

Quick Facts

        • Location: Geraldine, South Island, New Zealand
        • Time needed: 5 minute walk
        • Distance: 302 m
        • Difficulty: Very easy
        • Bikes allowed: Unknown
        • 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 corner of Davies St and Pye Rd. Head west on Totara St or Tripp St to connect with Davies St. There is a car park here.

  • 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 Totara Track Walk – Talbot Forest Scenic Reserve

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