Photo above. The beautiful Hinau flowers around November.
ABOUT THE RESERVE.
- This 130 acre (53 hectares) native virgin bush reserve is situated just south of Rangiwahia Village in northern Manawatu.
- The two tracks within this Reserve are not an official Dept of Conservation (DOC) tracks and are used for the purpose of pest-control, but may be walked by the public.
- It is one of ten top walks within the Manawatu region.
- The early settlers left this area of bush untouched, as it was considered an ideal water catchment for the growing village.
- As a result Rangiwahia has this beautiful treasure, with many magnificent native tree specimens, including rimu, miro, matai, maire, kahikatea, a few totara, rewarewa, several species of rata, including northern rata, 5 varieties of tree ferns and extensive variety of ferns.
- Bird life, though not always easy to see, is increasing with the pest-control programme. It also depends on the time of day and food source to what birds are seen.
- Do take time to look around at your surroundings, the beautiful tree specimens and listen to the birds. They are more likely to be heard rather than seen –
Tui, Fantail pīwakawaka, grey warbler riroriro, wood pigeon kererū, bellbird korimako, tomtit miromiro, morepork ruru, kingfisher kōtare, shining cuckoo pīpīwharauroa , waxeye, chaffinch, and Australian import the eastern rosella.
You will most likely hear the distinctive call of the NZ Falcon kārearea, high above the forest.
THE STORY BEHIND THE RESERVE-TRACK TREE LABELS
THE STORY BEHIND THE RESERVE-LOOKOUT TRACK
According to botanist, the late Graham Pritchard, the Reserve has a unique feature where different species of trees grow close together. Eg you will find a rimu, mataī and miro growing within metres of each other or a rimu, black maire or mataī. Usually it is the same species that will grow in close proximity in a community.