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Introduction

An easy walk through a podocarp and broadleaf forest remnant with impressive specimens of rimu, totara and kahikatea.

Track overview

Loop

Walking and tramping

20 min - 1 hr Easy: Walking track

Dog access

No dogs

About this track

Description

The walk follows a figure-eight formation ending where you start. From here on the walk is flat to undulating. 

In the heart of the park you will find the memorial to Robert Cunningham Bruce, a conservationist who gifted the district several forest patches. A short side track here leads you to the old concrete gates that were once the original entrance to Bruce Park before the highway was realigned.

Gateway that was the original entrance to Bruce Park
The original entrance to Bruce Park. 

Getting there

From Bulls, continue north on State Highway 1 for about 30 km (or approximately 5 km south of Hunterville) and turn down Aldworth Road. Near the corner of State Highway 1 and Aldworth Road is a farm gate. Park here, go through the pedestrian gate and follow the gravel track into the bush.

Nature and conservation

Fantail on branch. Photo copyright: Ketzal Sterling (DOC USE ONLY).
Fantails can be see along the Bruce 
Park Loop Track

An easy walk through a podocarp and broadleaf forest remnant with impressive specimens of rimu, totara and kahikatea.

Wildlife you might encounter on the way include kereru, tui, bellbird and the fantail and, if you are lucky, the long-tailed bat.

History and culture

The walk features a memorial to R.C. Bruce, a noted pioneer and conservationist in this region.

Contacts

Te Papaioea / Palmerston North Office
Phone:      +64 6 350 9700
Email:   manawatu@doc.govt.nz
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