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“A delightful stroll in kahikatea forest”

Smiths Bush Reserve
Auckland, New Zealand
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29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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“A delightful stroll in kahikatea forest”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2014

This reserve has a board-walked loop for prams, pushchairs and wheelchairs as well as for walkers. Dogs should be on a leash at all times, and should remain on the boardwalk to prevent damage to the plants on each side.

On a windy day, the kahikatea, which is the tallest native tree species in NZ, bang together. The orchestral 'music' produced by the trees, wind and bird song (mostly tui and eastern rosella) is a memorable experience.

A five-trunked puriri is the standout feature of Smiths Bush.

Leaving the established bush, you can enjoy the open space of planted native trees and shrubs like manuka and kanuka beside a man-made pond with welcome swallows, white-faced heron, kotare (kingfisher) and various introduced and native duck species.

If you want a guided tour, with plant identification, contact Kaipatiki Project www.kaipatiki.org,nz

Visited March 2014
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Great Walk through native woodland”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2012

Smiths Bush Reserve is one of a number of such reserves in Auckland. An area of natural forest preserved in more or less natural state (you don't have walkways in native forest!).

The gentle walk takes around one hour. We went in quite a warm spell and it was pleasantly cool and gave a good feel of native forest. Very pleasant, peaceful (given it is right next to the motorway) and you can hear the birds in the trees - an oasis of nature in the city. Much like a walk in native forest without too much hassle getting there. And its free.

We thoroughly enjoyed our walk and can recommend it to anyone who likes walking, "communing with nature" and just getting away from the hurly burly for an hour or so. Our group was myself, my wife and on plus his young daughter in a buggy

There are no facilities but I can recommend a short drive to Takapuna beach for one of the wonderful ice creams served in the cafe.

Visited November 2011
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