Take a walk through beautiful native forest dominated by matai and kahikatea as well as a large tōtara tree. The reserve is on a flat river terrace.

Track overview

1 km loop

Walking and tramping

30 min Easiest: Short walk

About this track


A’Deanes Bush is the best remaining example of the original forest of the Ruataniwha Plains. The 38.5 ha reserve, dominated by matai and kahikatea, is situated on a flat river terrace.

A large tōtara tree, about 34 m high, is the focal point of this track that begins at the reserve entrance. It takes at least 7 people to encircle its trunk with their arms. The track passes through the forest to the Tukipo River.

If you’re visiting on dusk, watch out for long-tailed bats as they emerge to feed.

Getting there

Off SH 50 south of Ongaonga. Access off Makaretu Road, 1 km past Sherwood School.


Ahuriri / Napier Office
Phone:   +64 6 834 3111
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   59 Marine Parade
Napier 4110
Postal Address:   PO Box 644
Napier 4140
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