Entrance to Bruce Park
Image: DOC


Robert Cunningham Bruce, an early conservationist gifted several patches of forest and this is one of them – good on ya Bruce! Check out the mighty trees – is that a bellbird up there? Stay until dark for a chance to see long tailed bats, yes bats!
  • See how many types of fungi can you find on the decaying wood – you’ll find more in the autumn.
  • Track down the old memorial archway and take a photo underneath it.
  • Look up at the huge trees here – can you tell the totara, rimu and kahikatea apart?

Get ready

Download the adventure map (PDF, 1,688K) and check out what you can do.

Go and explore

Look out for the Guardian Post when you get there. On it you'll find a special code word - write it down.

Getting there: Bruce Park is 60 km north of Palmerston North. Turn off SH 3 onto SH 1 in Bulls, then onto Aldworth Road 4 km south of Hunterville. Just past the intersection, on the northern side of the road, there is a small clearing to park the car and pedestrian access to the bush following the old road.

Claim your reward

Tell us the Bruce Park code word to receive a Kiwi Guardians certificate and medal for this adventure.

Put the medal on your back pack or pencil case to show everyone the adventure you've had.

Each Kiwi Guardians place has a different medal - see how many you can collect.

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