Kauri Bushman's Walk

Kauri Bushman's Walk

Matakohe

87%

2 Rankers Reviews

2 Face-to-Face

8 Dargaville

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Marios Gavalas

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300 m return | 15 minutes return

The reserve was purchased in 1954 as a memorial to the pre-World War 1 kauri bushmen.

This short kauri forest walk is gentle and good underfoot, and provides an easy opportunity to enjoy the unique kauri forest environment.

Access

3.6km from Matakohe and 6km from Paparoa on S.H.12, turn into Sterling Road. The start of the walk is signposted on the left by a small parking bay, 1.7km further on.

Track

The track is even but with a slight gradient. It performs a loop through the forest.

Flora

Observe forested ridges as you pass through an area of former kauri forest. There will often be a solitary large tree still occupying the ridge, left by the bushmen for the continuation of the species.

The dense stand of kauri on the hilltop has a regenerating understorey of kohekohe, red matipo and a carpet of hound’s tongue fern.

European History

At the entrance to the track is a log hauler, used to transport logs carried by teams of bullocks on primitive bush roads.

The reserve was purchased in 1954 as a memorial to the pre-World War 1 kauri bushmen. Although the industry is remembered as one of destruction and flagrant demolition of a majestic species, it was also a time of high human endeavour. Bushmen living in harsh conditions and in rugged country developed kinship and camaraderie, not to mention an affection for their environment (despite it’s plunder).

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Location

North IslandNorthlandDargaville

Categories

  • Walking
  • Free

Reviews

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Nigel Armstrong

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Incredible trees

Reviewed about 11 years ago

DOC Managed

Thanks to all the good people working for the NZ Department of Conservation - for all your hard work - making NZ more beautiful, accessable and healthy! Cheers 😍

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Nick Morrison

Rankers owner