Dingle Dell Reserve is a sixteen-acre reserve of regenerating coastal forest half a mile from the coast at St Heliers Bay in Auckland.
Much of it is dense bush, making it a quiet, shady alternative to St Heliers beach on a sunny day. In 1933 a selection of native trees were planted including pohutukawas, tree ferns, rimu, totara, nikaus, tanekaha and kohekohe.
Maps posted near some of the entrances are helpful as an overview of the park. Trails are not named on the map, but there are some signs posted in Dingle Dell Reserve. Trails are mostly identified by the roads to which they lead.
A large willow-like tree (maybe a totara?) overlooks the open grassy area, and a couple of long strips of lawn that reach south into the trees, at the north end of the park near Dingle Road and Woodside Crescent.
The benches here are a good place for a rest, and for watching the many birds in the park. Tui chased each other through the trees, battering the foliage with their wings like I’ve never seen birds do. They seemed to like the narrow strip of grass stretching off to the southeast.
It was here that I saw an eastern rosella, a parakeet native to south-eastern Australia. Rosella were introduced to New Zealand in the early 1900s, and are now common over much of the North Island, but I had only seen one previously. He wouldn’t let me get close enough for a good picture. I saw him, or a friend, later, in deeper bush.
The nīkau is a palm tree endemic to New Zealand, and the only palm native to New Zealand.
You can see nīkau palm in many of these pictures of Dingle Dell Reserve.
There’s variety in the bush here.
Dingle Dell Reserve is a nice little park, good for a short walk through native bush, for watching birds, and for cool and quiet on a hot day.
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