Friends of Gordon Park

Friends of Gordon Park help DOC to conserve this precious remnant of kahikatea dominated forest. The reserve is located only 3 minutes drive from Whanganui. It has well maintained tracks which make a nice easy walk for the whole family.

One of the most important jobs is weed control. The native plants struggle to compete with the array of weeds like Jerusalem cherry (Solanum pseudocapsicum) and stinking iris (Iris foetidissima) just to name a few. Other fast growing seedlings also need to be controlled like karaka trees even though they are natives.

As well as reducing the weeds in the reserve we hope to improve the forest as a habitat for birds. Monitoring and possum control also takes place and volunteers can get involved in this.

You can help

The friends meet twice a month to carry out some of the valuable work in the forest.


For more information, enquiries about the group or upcoming meetings, please contact:

Adele Meyer - Partnership Ranger

Whanganui Office
Phone:      +64 6 349 2100
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Gordon Park Scenic Reserve


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