Bowen Bush Walk

Bowen Bush Walk

Aoraki/Mount / Mt Cook National Park

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Bowen Bush is a great introduction to alpine flora


150 m return | 10 minutes return

The easiest stroll around Mount Cook Village. Definite highlight is the push button bird song calls in the forest.


The walk starts from the public shelter near the petrol pumps on Bowen Drive.


There’s a few steps as you negotiate the interior of the mountain toatoa and totara forest. The walk can be linked with the Governors Bush Walk.


This is one of the few areas to still have intact forest.


Since it’s tricky to get to know New Zealand bird calls (you have to hear the call AND see the bird AND identify the bird), DoC have made it really easy. Push the button next to the bird to hear their call. A few technical problems every now and then, but the only place in NZ where this feature is on offer.


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DOC Canterbury

Central government organisation


South IslandMount Cook - MacKenzieMount Cook


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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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