Peel Forest Park Scenic Reserve

Peel Forest Park Scenic Reserve

Peel Forest Park Scenic Reserve
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Gray's Reviews
Timaru, New Zealand1,411 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Couples
Having never been to Peel Forest before, I had a mental picture established which portrayed it as a big group of trees at the end of an unsealed road. Reality is reality and the area is totally different from imagination.
There was a good sealed road all the way and from the Store/cafe (fabulous coffee & service) onwards there was a variety of things for people to do, ranging from family picnic areas to short bush walks to longer serious hikes to bird watching. An excellent DOC camping ground at reasonable rates at a very good location also forms part of the reserve.
Without doubt, Peel Forest is an area worth spending time to explore bit by bit and that's just what we'll continue to do.
Written January 18, 2017
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Peta W
Canberra, Australia53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Couples
We went on 3 walks. Acland Falls, Big Tree and Kahikatea.
Big tree is suitable for all ages and most abilities - could handle a decent jogger pram happily.
It had rained significantly a few days before we arrived - this colours the next 2 reviews.
Kahikatea had a steep section at the start/end (the same bit), probably less than 100m worth. Mostly stairs but very slippery when damp.
Acland Falls was "steep". Very steep if not used to NZ Hill climbs. Worth the walk, but a struggle when muddy.
For Aussies, New Zealand DOC is significantly better at estimating walk times than NSW Parks or Vic DOE so if it says 1 hour that's probably how long it will take.
Written January 19, 2019
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MLGS
Berkeley, CA29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Couples
Emily's Falls and Rata Falls are challenging but beautiful hikes, especially in the spring (when we hiked), because the hikes require fording streams multiple times. Well worth it - we highly recommend!
Written November 10, 2017
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Both-like-travelling
Cambridge, UK278 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015 • Couples
You need to call at the store en-route to book into the DOC campground (there are powered sites). It's a beautiful site, like a park land. There is a kitchen and there are showers, all of which were very clean. From the site we walked to Acland Falls, carried on to Wanahu Flat to walk the Big Tree Loop and then followed the Kahikatea path back to the campsite. (only about 3.5km total) There was only one other van on the site when we were there and it was lovely and peaceful. Definitely recommended.
Written February 22, 2016
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WNHD
Macclesfield, England, United Kingdom81 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Couples
Took the short walk in this ancient forest to see the giant trees there. Primitive feeling enhanced by bird song. Free. Definitely go if in the area.
Written February 20, 2018
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Backwellian
Bristol, UK41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Family
There are a number of great walks in this beautiful area such as Little Mount Peel or the Rata falls. Well worth a visit.
Written January 22, 2018
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Beblibla
Hamburg, Germany45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Couples
You can easily spend a few hours up to a whole day in this scenic reserve. There are different walking tracks for different levels of fitness. Some of them might take you 15 to 20 minutes and for others you might need a whole day. There is a lot to see here. Starting from the big tree walk with some trees thought to be 1000 years old and the biggest of them measuring 3 meters in diameter. In addition to that there a several falls and streams to be seen. It's definitely worth a visit. Some of the paths are easily accessible with kids.
Written August 10, 2017
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mooseandbok2006
Christchurch, New Zealand1,641 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Couples
What a lovely spot for a walk among the trees. We did three walks while we were there, a short walk to the Big Tree, The Acland Falls track and the Kahikatea walk, all of different lengths and terrain. They were well marked and in some places well shaded, which was perfect for a hot day. The scenery was lovely and I noticed a lot of bumblebees enjoying a feed from the many thistles, especially on the Kahikatea track. The large car park area has toilet facilities (always handy when you are in the middle of nowhere) and there are a couple of different walks I’d like to try if we are ever in the area again.
Written February 6, 2017
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Daphne v
Christchurch, New Zealand7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Couples
This is a relatively short walk. Quite steep in parts. It is however an awesome experience to see the magnitude of the trees and quiet beauty of the forest.
Written January 31, 2017
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Bruce and Rosa A
Geraldine, New Zealand15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Family
Many different walks to suit everyone even a wheelchair/pushchair friendly track. Great examples of Matai, kahikatea, totara etc Great bird life kereru, korimako, piwakawaka etc
Written January 17, 2017
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