The White Pine Bush Reserve Walkway is a very easy 30 min round trip walk over 1.4km. The track was build for wheelchairs and is lightly sealed. Keep an eye out for native birds including Tui, Pigeons, Fantails, Bellbirds, Silver Eyes and Grey Warblers plus plenty of Kahikatea, Tawa and Pukatea trees.
In the map above, if you zoom in on the walk, you’ll see all the following track points and their location. Each point has photos along with a description about each one.
At 27 ks look for this long flat stretch of road, with a climb at the end. The signs on the left, will be coming up very quickly. The car park is large enough to park 30 cars. Read the notice board across from the shelter. Hike in a clockwise direction that way the last halve of the tramp, is slightly down hill.
A word of warning, don’t touch the stinging nettle let alone walk in to it. If you think a bee sting is distressing, try our stinging nettle especially in the summer time when the nettle in young and succulent. Two bridges to cross, this is the first one, follow the track around to the left. From here on the track is easy to follow
The Nikau palms are at the top of the walk, you feel as if you are walking back in time, you feel as if a dinosaur is hiding behind a palm a thousand years old waiting for you to walk past, so it can chase you down the track.
Walk over the second bridge to the table and chairs, the perfect spot to sit and listen to the songs of New Zealand native birds. It’s not too remote to carry a picnic lunch with you; It’s a superior spot for lunch, better then back at the car park. No deafening cars and trucks racing past you, trying to get up the next hill. The walk back to the car is on a slight downhill run.
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