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