Located in the Manawatu/Whanganui region
Various birds have made this area their permanent home including:
There are also some birds that visit the area including:
The reserve is situated close to Whanganui City on the corner of Kaimatira Road and No.3 Line to the east of SH4. Hop over the stile on Kaimatira Road or drive into the car park a little further down to the start of the short walk.
Dogs, fires and camping are not permitted in this reserve.
Pest weeds are controlled by the Friends of Gordon Park and DOC who meet at the reserve twice a month. The reserve is often subject to unlawful dumping of garden waste and rubbish, so the reserve is monitored regularly.
Although Gordon Park Scenic Reserve is a relatively small reserve at 14.5 hectares, it is a precious sample of lowland forest type which was once common in the area.
The walk offers a bush experience with species such as matai, totara, titoki, tawa, kowhai and kahikatea. The reserve is also home to an interesting array of birds.
Auckland and parts of the Waikato are at Level 3. DOC huts and campsites are closed in these regions. The rest of New Zealand is at Level 2.