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