800 m /1.6 km loop
Time: 30 min
Distance: 800 m
The short loop track has a grade and surface suitable for people using wheelchairs. This 650 m path, which takes in much that the reserve has to offer, should be completed in an anticlockwise direction.
About halfway along the track, there are table and chairs, a perfect spot to sit and listen to the songs of native birds while enjoying a picnic lunch.
Time: 40 min
Distance: 1.6 km
Follow the longer loop track to see some large kahikatea and a great view over parts of the reserve. This section of track is not suitable for wheelchairs.
White Pine Bush Scenic Reserve is 30 km north of Napier on SH2.
Kahikatea (white pine) is the predominant feature in this 19 ha of bush while a stand of nikau palms provide their own unique natural beauty.
A picturesque stream and small waterfall are both visible from the track—sometimes small fish, eels and koura (freshwater crayfish) can be seen.
Please do not touch the giant stinging nettle (ongaonga), especially in summer, when its full of new growth. Despite their fierce reputation, nettles are the exclusive food of the red admiral butterfly.