Gordon Park Scenic Reserve
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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.

Place overview


  • Bird and wildlife watching
  • Walking and tramping

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About track difficulties

Bird and wildlife watching

Birds such as fantail, tui, bellbird, kereru, grey warblers and also shining cuckoo in season have made this area their permanent home, along with visitors such as pukeko, fernbird, bittern and grey duck also frequenting the area.

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    About this place

    Nature and conservation

    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 with 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 SH4. Hop over the stile on Kaimatira Road or drive into the car park a little further down to the start of the 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.


    Whanganui Office
    Phone:   +64 6 349 2100
    Address:   34-36 Taupo Quay
    Whanganui 4500
    Email:   whanganui@doc.govt.nz
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