Rangiwahia scenic reserve
This 130 acre (53 hectares) native virgin bush reserve is just behind the Rangiwahia Village on the south side. 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 now has this beautiful treasure, with many magnificent labeled native specimens, including
The Rangiwahia Community was awarded a grant by the Fonterra Grass Roots Fund to label native trees within this bush reserve, adding interest to the track .
Graham Pritchard, a retired botanist agreed to help with this project and his knowledge and meticulous attention to detail, enabled an accurate record of the trees.
68 labels were made by Acorn Botanica Labels in Upper Hutt, and were finally put in place October 2014.
They look fantastic and will provide added interest for all, young & old, who walk the track. We are so grateful to The Fonterra Grass Roots Fund for providing the funding for this project.
A passionate group of locals have worked hard to restore the access to this gorgeous stand of native bush, as well as marking out the walk.
A large orange triangle marks the entrance to the paper road. Smaller orange markers have been used to mark the track itself.
It is about 90 minutes medium walk and well worth taking the time to experience what the Rangiwahia district used to be like before settlement.
Bird life is plentiful, though not always easy to see.
Steve or Mary Bielski
E Mary & Steve Bielski
Photo Gallery below