These short walks in and around Talbot Forest Scenic Reserve are ideal for families. There are four short walks through the forest which interconnect with roads around the reserve.

Track overview

225 - 680 m

Walking and tramping

5 - 10 min Easiest: Short walk

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


From Geraldine’s main street, it is a five minute stroll to the Talbot Forest Scenic Reserve. The reserve offers four easy, shady walks through a rare remnant of lowland podocarp and hardwood native forest. Picnic facilities and toilets are available.

Kahikatea Track

Time: 10 min
Distance: 683 m 

This track connects Hislop Street with Totara Street picnicarea. There are some fine kaikahikatea trees at the Hislop Street end where the land is wetter. Kaikahikatea can growto be the tallest tree in the forest, reaching 40 metres.

Tōtara Track

Time: 5 min
Distance: 302 m 

This track connects Totara Street with Tripp Street picnicarea. Next to the track is the largest tötara in the reservewhich is estimated to be 800 years old. Tötara were usedby Mäori to built canoes. A large tree could be made into awaka taua (war canoe) capable of holding 100 warriors.

Reservoir Track

Time: 5 min
Distance: 225 m 

This track connects Tripp Street picnic area with BridgeStreet. The picnic area is a good starting point from whichto explore the reserve. The iron gates on Bridge Streetmark the old main entrance into the reserve.

Mataī Track

Time: 10 min
Distance: 680 m 

This track connects Tripp Street with Totara Street. Thetrack passes some impressive forest trees including mataïwith its needle leaves and ‘hammered’ bark.

Getting there

These walks are located near the township of Geraldine, a tranquil, rural town with a friendly village atmosphere. It is situated 2 hours (136 km) south of Christchurch, on the main highway (SH8) to Aoraki/Mount Cook.


Ōtautahi / Christchurch Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 379 4082
Address:   Co-located with the Christchurch i-site
28 Worcester Boulevard
Christchurch 8013
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Raukapuka / Geraldine Office
Phone:   +64 3 693 1010
Address:   13 – 15 North Terrace
Geraldine 7930
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