Tumanako Loop Track - interpretation nature walk
Time: 40 min return
Distance: 2 km
This gentle loop track is great for children. It offers a variety of forest types, birdlife and viewpoints with evidence of pioneer logging history and subsequent natural forest recovery.
Kamahi, tawa, red and black beech forests, and a variety of birds including robin, whitehead rifleman, kokako, and bellbird. Uncommon plants are neinei (Dracophyllum latifolium), yellow-flowered mistletoe and kaka beak.
You’re likely to spot an inquisitive kākā (or three!) near the carpark, and if you’re lucky you may hear a kōkako. Keep your eyes open for wētā motels along the track.
Heays Access Road to Shine Falls Track
Time: 1 hr 30 min return
Distance: 2 km
This popular track, suitable for children, wanders past castle-like limestone formations and into deep forest before emerging at the base of the stunning Shine Falls – the highest waterfall in Hawke’s Bay (58 m). Pack a picnic lunch and look for tuna (eels) living in the stream at the base of the falls.
The mixed lowland forest includes kanuka, kawakawa, kowhai and titoki. Kaka beak grows on the cliffs.
Within the lower, warmer and less-exposed part of the reserve, the track provides a contrast in vegetation and landforms to those seen elsewhere.
Kamahi Loop Track
Time: 2 hr return
Distance: 4.5 km
This track is dominated by large areas of kamahi forest and provides expansive views of the reserve. The track passes through a mature podocarp forest for the first 400 metres. An ancient matai of about 800 years old grows near the loop track junction. Along the bluff tops, aerial displays from kereru, tui and bellbird (korimako) are often visible. Key site for visitors to observe vegetation recovery and the reserve's diverse vegetation.
Bell Rock Loop Track
Time: 3 hr return
Distance: 5.3 km
This track features a variety of vegetation and seasonal bird activities. The track climbs through mixed beech and podocarp to a forest dominated by gnarled beech and mountain holly trees and panoramic views The low canopy provides opportunities to view large numbers of tui, bellbird and kereru. Expansive views from the top of the range include Mahia Peninsula, Te Kooti's Lookout, and the Kaweka mountain range.
Kamahi Loop Track to Shine Falls and Heay's Access Road
Time: 5 hr one way
Distance: 8.3 km
Starting at the Tumanako carpark and encompassing part of the Tumanako and Kamahi Loop Tracks, this loop track enables visitors to experience a cross-section of the reserve's features including a rich mixture of tawa, hinau, matai and rewarewa. Many birds, including rifleman and the reintroduced North Island robin (toutouwai) may be seen.