White Pine Bush Scenic Reserve, home of King Kahikatea

White Pine Bush Scenic Reserve offers a 30 minute loop through well-preserved old-growth native forest, with the option to extend the walk with another 30 minute loop.

White Pine Bush
White Pine Bush

Leaving the car park, a small bridge crosses a picturesque stream. The water is very clear and the lucky visitor might see small fish, eels or koura (freshwater crayfish).

Stream - White Pine Bush
Stream

The tracks of the first loop are excellent, even in wet conditions.  The second loop’s tracks are very good as well.

The two loops connect at a picnic area next to the stream. Extending the walk is an easy choice; the most huge and impressive old trees are found on this track, including King Kahikatea.

King Kahikatea - White Pine Bush
King Kahikatea

A boardwalk encourages visitors to stay off of the roots of most of the trees in this area. This kept me close to the huge King Kahikatea, and I was unsuccessful at doing it justice in pictures.

King Kahikatea - White Pine Bush
King Kahikatea

Later in the loop King Kahikatea can be seen towering over the rest of the forest. Kahikatea is the Maori name for white pine.

King Kahikatea - White Pine Bush
King Kahikatea

I’m happier with the pictures of the giants below. Unfortunately I’m not able to accurately identify them.

White Pine Bush
White Pine Bush

The pics above and below were shot on a sunnier day when dangerously wet tracks cut my walk short at a nearby reserve.

White Pine Bush
White Pine Bush

Walks in White Pine Bush are very easy, and popular with kids. On my first visit I met a couple of boys with their grandparents. They collected an impressive number of painted rocks. There were far more here than anywhere I’ve seen, at least before these kids finished their walk.

Hunters rock
Hunters rock

White Pine Bush Scenic Reserve is 30 km north of Napier on State Highway 2.

New growth from old
New growth from old

Please enjoy the full gallery of 17 pictures below.

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