Totara Walk

Totara Walk

Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve

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Pelorus River along the Totara Walk

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800 m return | 30 minutes return

This wheelchair graded loop passes through some fine forest, dominated by a high canopy of totara with a sub-canopy of tawa.

Access

Pelorus Bridge is 9km west of Canvastown and 9km south of Rai Valley on SH6. Tawa Path and Waterfalls tracks are accessed from the parking area by the tea rooms. For other tracks it’s safer to park on the far side of SH6 as this is a busy road.

The start of the track is signposted on the opposite side of SH6 from the tea rooms parking area. There’s also a parking area on this side of the road so you don’t have to cross busy SH6.

Track

This wheelchair graded loop passes through more fine forest. Shortly after the start of the track there’s a detour to a shingle beach by the river.

At the apex of the corner there’s views up to Pelorus Bridge.

A further detour takes you alongside the river to Totara Flat Picnic Area (10 minutes one-way).

Just before the end of the track, look for the massive totara on the left.

Flora

This forest is dominated by a high canopy of totara with a sub-canopy of tawa. The understorey is mostly regenerating broadleaf species with kamahi, hinau, black beech and putaputaweta. Coprosmas form the shrub tier with pongas, five finger and horopito. The floor of ferns give a lush, yet open feel to the forest.

The totara was revered amongst Maori for its strength. They carved waka, built whare and carved food boxes from the hard wood. For early settlers, totara was the preferred wood for use in fence posts, power poles, railway sleepers and bridges. As it was resistant to the teredo worm, it also found favour in the construction of wharves. This forest was thankfully spared.

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Mike Fricker

Ranking: 10/10

06Oct18. Not really sure why there is a separate entry for this. As good as the other walks.

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Erik Meier-Diukel

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Nice places in the forest, much water, not many people.

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Clayton Hunniford

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

The most jaw dropping experience yet. It was as if mermaids inhabited the pristine, clear water. Rain or shine, you will be rewarded.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Sydney Lupton

Canada

Ranking: 8/10

We took this walk spontaneously and decided to go the route of the river access. It is a bit hard to walk down but so worth it. Crystal clear calm waters and beautiful places to jump in!

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Niels Wezenberg

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Great little spot for a dip, beautiful water.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Laina Black

Australia

Ranking: 7/10

Make sure you walk down to the river! The water is so clear and make the perfect swimming hole at the right time of the year!

Reviewed almost 5 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Isabelle Bohle

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Hard to get into the water, but totally worth it, breathtaking scenery.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Nick Morrison

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