Mohi Bush Scenic Reserve Walks

Mohi Bush Scenic Reserve Walks

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Marios Gavalas

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approx 3 km | 30 minutes - 1 hour return

The 61 hectares of Mohi Bush was established as a Scenic Reserve in 1971.


From the junction of Waimarama Road and Maraetotara Road follow Maraetotara Road 16 km and turn right into unsealed Waipoapoa Road. Mohi Bush is signposted 2.2 km further on the right. Enter through the vehicle gate to the picnic shelter, toilet, information panel and parking area.


From the picnic shelter at the carpark follow the signs right, skirting the edge of the bush before entering the forest. The wide formed track passes matai and tawa then branches left (7 minutes) to the Short Loop.

The Long Loop continues straight ahead, reaching the reserve boundary after 10 minutes. A short descent then re-enters the forest, arriving at an uneven section 15 minutes later at the northern end of the bush edge.

Supplejack and tree ferns fill the small gully before re-entering tawa forest. Just after the junction with the Short Loop, the track exits the forest, following the grazing strip at the edge of the forest back to the carpark.


The rocks of the Maraetotara Plateau are limestone remnants derived from undersea genesis.

The Maraetotara Plateau has a wetter and cooler climate than the neighbouring lowlands.


Some fine tawa dominate the reserve with occasional miro and matai. Titoki, rewarewa, pigeonwood, kowhai, houhere and mahoe are also distributed between the tree ferns.


Riflemen are difficult to spot because of their diminutive size but tui are numerous and vociferous. A DSIR study carried out between 1985-92 banded many tui and kereru and found tui numbers stayed high because they were more adept at travelling long distances between reserves in search of food sources in times of scarcity.

Polynesian History

Descendants of Te Ao Matarahi originally settled the Maraetotara Plateau, utilising the proximity to the coast for kai moana, and the freshwater streams for koura (freshwater crayfish) and tuna (eels). Te Aratipi Pa was one pa situated nearby.

European History

The 61 hectares of Mohi Bush was established as a Scenic Reserve in 1971, following negotiations with the Maori owners, Pukepuke Tangoia Estate. It was originally known as Tawa Bush.


Feature Value Info


North IslandHawkes BayHavelock North


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