Claremont Bush Walk

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From the sign on Claremont Road, follow the track through the macrocarpa plantation. The macrocarpa and other conifers were introduced to New Zealand in the 1860s and so is not native vegetation. 

Walk over the footbridge into the native bush. Here you will find a variety of different plants. Along this walk, you will also be able to see the regeneration of many plants, including totara, matai, mahoe, hen and chicken ferns, coprosma, cabbage trees, matipo and kowhai.

The first part of this walk is a short but steep ascent which will lead to the loop track at the top. The loop track continues through the same native vegetation with buried views on the right hand side over the surrounding countryside. Not must else is visible through the bush. 

After completing the loop, it is a sharp drop back down towards Claremont Road. 

This walk is short and sweet but it offers the opportunity to take your time. This way, you will be able to take in the vegetation and the native birdlife. You can (usually) easily see bellbirds(korimako), fantails (piwakawaka), riflemen (titipounamu), grey warblers, brown creepers, and occasionally native pigeons (kereru).

You may even see a rare native climbing daisy with a bright yellow flower.

Quick Facts

        • Location: Timaru, South Island, New Zealand
        • Time needed: 30 minutes walk
        • Distance: 3 km
        • Difficulty: Medium
        • Bikes allowed: No
        • Route: Loop
        • Elevation: Unknown (steep climb and sharp drop)
        • Wet Feet: No
        • Toilets: No
        • Dogs: No
        • Mobile Coverage: Yes, very good
        • Last Updated: June, 2020
  • Track Highlights

    This track allows you to explore the native flora and fauna of the region. It is fully immersed in the bush.

  • Track Quality


  • Hazards

    The climb can be slippery after rain.

  • Transport


  • Water


  • Driving Instructions

    From Otipua Rd, turn onto Coonoor Rd/ Fairview Rd. Continue on Fairview Rd as it zigzags. Turn left onto Holme Station Rd. It is a sharp turn that can be easy to miss. After the turn, drive about 2 kms and turn right into Claremont Bush Road which is loose gravel. Drive another 2 km to get to the start of the walk.

    (The area can be tricky to navigate.)

  • Shops or Restaurants nearby

    The closest shops and restaurants are in central Timaru.

  • Area & Track History

    In the Claremont locality, you can find Castle Claremont. It is a Neo-Gothic mansion which was built in 1884 for early settler George Hampton Rhodes and his wife Henrietta. Over the years, it has been a Marist Brothers’ training centre, a rehabilitation facility and finally a home that is also at times used as a wedding venue and bed and breakfast.

    The walk iself does not have any notable history.

  • Camping & huts on or near the walk

    No camping on this walk

Map of Claremont Bush Walk

Here is the map for Claremont Bush Walk showing it’s location in New Zealand. You can change the view on the map to satellite if you prefer to see an image of where the walk is instead.

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4 Reviews


  • Teresa

    Firstly, your app is great.
    Secondly, Claremont Bush walk is a very pleasant walk through native bush within easy reach of Timaru. It is literally an uphill, downhill loop. However. It is accessed from Holme Station Road so while the drive up Mount Horrible Road is interesting it does not provide access to the bush walk. I suggest you adjust your directions. Thank you for all the information you provide.

    August 30, 2020

    • FreewalksNZ

      Hi Teresa, thanks for your comments. I’ve double-checked the details on this walk but can’t see the points you have mentioned. Perhaps it was a different website? Anyway, thanks for taking the time to comment.

      September 3, 2020

  • Dave

    As Teresa points out, your directions are incorrect. Under the subtitle ‘Driving Instructions’ you direct people to turn left into Mt Horrible Road – this should be Holme Station Road. Thanks

    February 3, 2021

    • Janet

      Hi Dave. Thanks so much for your comment, we’ve now found the mistake and have updated it.

      February 22, 2021

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