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The reason for this walk is to be in the presence of the notable totara tree near the centre of the 38.5 hectare reserve. This benevolent tree has a girth of 2.65 metres and height of 33.7 metres, with a clean bole of 14.7 metres. It’s kauriesque proportions are humbling.
A Deane’s Bush is signposted from SH 50 along Makaretu Road. After 4.6 km an overgrown grass vehicle track leads right to a small parking area by a fence.
The loop track immediately forks, with the left fork being the quickest to reach the large totara tree about half way around. The right fork involves a tricky section over roots, which require careful negotiation. Both tracks are marked with orange triangles.
A Deane’s Bush is a rare remnant of lowland podocarp forest in Hawke’s Bay. The two alluvial terraces the bush is sited on are part of the Ruataniwha Plains. The bush today is a logged forest remnant displaying totara, matai, kahikatea, black beech and titoki.
North Island ▷ Hawkes Bay ▷ Waipukurau
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