Bruce Park Loop Track

Track category

Walking track

Time:  

20 min - 1 hr

Description

The walk follows a figure-eight formation ending where you start. It is suitable for a baby buggy if you are prepared to lift the buggy over the stiles and the dozen or so steps at the beginning of the track. 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.

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 and cross the two stiles to follow the gravel track leading into the bush.

About the area

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.

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

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

Plan and prepare

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.

Location map

Bruce Park Scenic Reserve location map

 

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1. Plan your trip
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Phone:      +64 6 350 9700
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