White Pine Bush track

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A 250 metre wheelchair accessible walkway has been built into the heart of White Pine Bush Scenic Reserve.

Track overview

250 m loop

Walking and tramping

30 min Easiest: Easy access short walk

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


The 4.5 hectare reserve contains a remnant of superb kahikatea (white pine) forest that once occupied the fringes of the extensive wetland in the area. The reserve has huge kahikatea, dwarfing the tawa and pukatea that provide most of the remaining tree cover. Nikau palms are also an attraction. Hanging vines, shrubs and ferns proliferate under the tree canopy, providing habitat for native birds including tui, kereru (native pigeons), fantails, bellbirds, silver-eyes, grey warblers and ruru (morepork).

A 250 metre  wheelchair accessible walkway has been built into the heart of the reserve to allow people with disabilities to enjoy the forest. The walkway incorporates a nature trail, where the many tree and plant species present are identified.

Getting there

White Pine Bush Scenic Reserve is on White Pine Bush Road (SH2), between Awakeri and Tāneatua, 20 km south of Whakatāne.


Whakatane Office
Phone:   +64 7 307 2770
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   easternbop@doc.govt.nz
Address:   1/100 Valley Road
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