Introduction

Nikau Bush Conservation Area contains 19 hectares of lowland broadleaved forest. Since it was fenced regeneration has been prolific and the nikau flowering in December and January is spectacular.

Place overview

Activities

  • Walking and tramping

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About this place

Nature and conservation

Nikau Bush Conservation Area contains 19 hectares of lowland broadleaved forest on the north-western shore of Te Whanga Lagoon. Such forest was once common on the fertile soils on the Chatham Islands, and this area contains the largest stand of nikau remaining on the main Chatham Island.

The reserve was purchased by the Crown and fenced in 1981, and since then regeneration has been prolific. The nikau are spectacular when in flower during December and January.

Getting there

Nikau Bush Conservation Area is on the north-western shore of Te Whanga Lagoon, Chatham Island.

A sign on the North Road, one and a half kilometres past Blind Jim's Creek marks the access to the reserve. To reach the entrance, walk uphill for a kilometre following  the fenceline marked with orange triangles to an entrance stile and sign.

Contacts

Rekohu / Wharekauri / Chatham Island Office
Phone:   +64 3 305 0098
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   chathamislands@doc.govt.nz
Address:   North Rd
Te One
Chatham Island
Postal Address:   PO Box 114
Waitangi
Chathams 8942
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