Walking tracks

Walking one of the many tracks in the area is a fantastic way to get back to nature and enjoy sweeping views of the Ruahine Ranges and Pohangina Valley. The tracks vary in difficulty and length.

Nature trails

A network of trails behind the camping areas winds through some of the most varied bush in the Reserve.

  • Required fitness level – low
  • Walk duration – 10 minutes to an hour


Fern Walk

Approximately six minutes drive from the camping grounds, the Fern Walk leads you through the most intact part of the Reserve’s lowland forest. You’ll see kahikatea stands, nīkau palm groves, and stunning examples of ancient tōtara, rimu and rātā.

  • Required fitness level – moderate
  • Walk duration – 3-4 hours


Pettifar and Gilchrist Loop Tracks  – (Gilchrist Loop Track – CLOSED until further notice)

Approximately four minutes drive from the camping ground, the Pettifar and Gilchrist Loop Tracks lead you down a series of terraces to the Pohangina River. Both walks make use of the Old Coach Road, a section of the original horse and cart track along the Pohangina Valley.

  • Required fitness level – low to moderate
  • Walk duration – 1-2 hours for each loop track

Please note:

  • Pettifar Track can at times become boggy due to rainfall
  • Gilchrist Track has small creeks running through it that at times will need to be crossed (CLOSED until further notice)