The Waikato region has a number of kahikatea forest fragments that people are welcome to visit. Click on the kahikatea trees on our map to find out about kahikatea stands near you.
|Hamilton City||Claudelands Bush, a kahikatea fragment in the heart of Hamilton, off Boundary Road. This Hamilton City Council reserve is open to the public. You can enjoy a stroll along their raised boardwalk.|
|Matamata-Piako||Gordon Gow Scenic Reserve is managed by the Department of Conservation and is open to the public. It is north of Matamata, on the corner of Walton Rd and SH27. This stand is a good example of a swampy kahikatea forest.|
|Waikato District||Barrett Bush Scenic Reserve, south of Hamilton. Take Barretts Road off Koromatua Road. This small fragment is being looked after by a community group called “Friends of Barrett Bush”. Check with the nearby landowners for permission to use their access road.
Hodges QEII National Trust Open Space Covenant, Te Kowhai, Ngaruawahia. This stand is on private land. Contact your local QEII representative for permission to visit. Visit the Queen Elizabeth II National Trust website for details.
|Waipa District||Kaniwhaniwha Stream, Mt Pirongia, Limeworks Road, is a Department of Conservation reserve that is open to the public.
Yarndley’s Bush Scenic Reserve(external link), off Ngaroto Road, between Hamilton and Te Awamutu, is managed by the Waipa District Council and is open to the public. It has walkways and a ‘forest tower’ that gives a good view of the forest interior.
Lake Serpentine Wildlife Management Refuge, SH 3, between Ohaupo and Te Awamutu – see young kahikatea trees, planted about 10 years ago to enhance this reserve.
|Waitomo District||Pehitawa Kahikatea QEII National Trust Open Space Covenant, Te Kuiti. This stand is on private land. Contact your local QEII representative for permission to visit. Visit the Queen Elizabeth II National Trust(external link) website for details.|