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Introduction

This small reserve is a precious sample of a lowland forest type which was once common in the area.The reserve features a flat and well formed track and is home to an interesting array of birds.

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Activities

  • Bird and wildlife watching
  • Walking and tramping
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      Nature and conservation

      Man and child walking in Gordon Park Scenic Reserve.
      Man and child walking in Gordon Park
      Scenic Reserve.

      Although Gordon Park Scenic Reserve is a relatively small reserve at 14.5 hectares, it is a precious sample of lowland forest type which was once common in the area. The walk offers a bush experience that walks you through species such as matai, totara, titoki, tawa, kowhai and kahikatea. The reserve is also home to an interesting array of birds.

      Getting there

      The reserve is situated close to Whanganui City on the corner of Kaimatira Road and No.3 Line to the east of State Highway 4. Hop over the stile on Kaimatira Road or drive into the car park a little further down to the start of this short walk.

      Know before you go

      Dogs, fires and camping are not permitted in this reserve.

      Pest weeds are controlled by the Friends of Gordon Park and DOC who meet at the reserve twice a month. The reserve is often subject to unlawful dumping of garden waste and rubbish, so the reserve is monitored regularly.

      Before you go into the outdoors, tell someone your plans and leave a date to raise the alarm if you haven't returned. To do this, use the New Zealand Outdoors Intentions process on the AdventureSmart website. It is endorsed by New Zealand's search and rescue agencies and provides three simple options to tell someone you trust the details about your trip.

      Contacts

      Whanganui Office
      Phone:      +64 6 349 2100
      Email:   whanganui@doc.govt.nz
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