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
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