Big kauri in Leigh Scenic Reserve

Leigh & Lynn Scenic Reserves

We were there for the big kauri, so we entered Leigh Reserve through the Morriggia Place entrance.

Morriggia Road entrance to Leigh Scenic Reserve
Morriggia Road entrance to Leigh Scenic Reserve

The bush opens onto a grassy area with a bench overlooking a house and driveway.  The grassy bit slopes downhill and enters the bush, and things get interesting.

Leigh Scenic Reserve
Leigh Scenic Reserve

The big kauri right at the edge of the bush is unusual in that the view of it’s entire height is unblocked by other trees.  It’s impressive, but the big one appears as you reach the top of the steps at the bottom right of the picture below.

2nd biggest kauri tree at the top of Leigh Reserve
2nd biggest kauri tree at the top of Leigh Reserve

This is the largest kauri on Auckland’s North Shore.    It’s over 2 meters in diameter, and could be as old as 800 years.

Big kauri
Big kauri

With many kauri, you can only see clearly the part that is below or above the canopy.  Fortunately the trail leads right past the trunk of this big tree, so you get a different perspective.  Pictures often fail to capture the size of these trees.  The pic below probably comes closest.

Big kauri in Leigh Scenic Reserve
Big kauri

The bush at Leigh Scenic Reserve is shady with a large variety of trees.

Leigh Scenic Reserve
Leigh Scenic Reserve

there are plenty of nikau palm.

Leigh/Lynn Scenic Reserve
Leigh/Lynn Scenic Reserve
Leigh/Lynn Scenic Reserve
Leigh/Lynn Scenic Reserve

And fern trees.

Leigh/Lynn Scenic Reserve
Leigh/Lynn Scenic Reserve
Leigh/Lynn Scenic Reserve
Leigh/Lynn Scenic Reserve
Leigh/Lynn Scenic Reserve
Leigh/Lynn Scenic Reserve

Before reaching the opposite side of Lynn Reserve we turned around and walked back.

Leigh/Lynn Scenic Reserve
Leigh/Lynn Scenic Reserve

Leigh and Lynn Reserves are another couple of really nice lush and shady Kaipatiki region reserves.  They’re great for trees in general and kauri in particular.

Please enjoy the full gallery of 14 pictures below.  To view on imgur, click here.