We were there for the big kauri, so we entered Leigh Reserve through the Morriggia Place entrance.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The bush at Leigh Scenic Reserve is shady with a large variety of trees.
there are plenty of nikau palm.
And fern trees.
Before reaching the opposite side of Lynn Reserve we turned around and walked back.
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.
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