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Balls Clearing Scenic Reserve - Overnight Campervan Parking



2 Rankers Reviews

1 Face-to-Face

63 Freedom Camping

6 Napier




This reserve is the best place in Hawke’s Bay to experience a lowland podocarp forest.

Located 5km from Puketitiri along the Pakaututu Road, this outstanding example of dense virgin podocarp forest is best seen from the network of walking tracks that vary in time from 10 to 40 minutes.

Photography, birdwatching and natural history studies are appropriate activities here. Picnic shelters are provided at the reserve entrance as well as a large grassed area, toilets and water.

Native birds are numerous, though more commonly heard rather than seen, particularly in early mornings and late evenings. They include the kereru (wood pigeon), tui and korimako (bellbird). There are also significant colonies of the not so common long tailed bat.


Feature Value Info


North IslandHawkes BayNapier


  • Freedom Camping
  • Free



Ludovica Velo's avatar

Ludovica Velo


Ranking: 9/10

It is just a small forest but it is so quiet. 30 minutes of your time will lead you in another world, simply amazing.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Leith Hayllar's avatar

Leith Hayllar

Ranking: 10/10

Great spot for a picnic, and walk around a fantastic podocarp forest. Walk easy for all ages and def worth the drive there just be sure to take enough drinking water :)

Reviewed almost 6 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

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