Walks are closed over winter.
Check back here or on our Facebook page for the opening date in Spring.
We know people want to learn more about our project. We offer a limited number of guided walk options for you to enjoy. These all include a donation to the kiwi project as part of the cost. In summer these are day walks. In the autumn we have afternoon walks which includes a BBQ evening meal, then as night falls we listen for the haunting call of wild kiwi.
The Otunahe Scenic Reserve is a private QEII-covenanted reserve (approx 70 hectares) that lies on the farm property of Bob and Karen Schumacher. Both the farm and the reserve are within the much larger Pūrangi kiwi project, a predator-controlled area cared for by ETET. The reserve is a wonderful example of mature native forest.
You will see:
Mature podocarp forest featuring majestic rimu including an 800-1000 year old rimu tree as well as nikau, stream-side orchids, manuka and kanuka.
You may see or hear:
Tui, North Island robin, New Zealand falcon, kereru, bellbird, whitehead, grey warbler and tomtit.
Sorry, you won’t see kiwi because they are nocturnal and shy and they are asleep in their burrows, but you might see footprints, droppings or probe holes in the soil. During the autumn tour we hope to hear kiwi calling.
Pūrangi kiwi project offers a guided day walk of the Otunahe reserve.
An experienced guide will meet you at the Pūrangi field cabin and after a health and safety briefing will escort you to the top of the farm track hill, and then be with you throughout the walk. You will learn about the kiwi project, how we track the birds, the whereabouts of sleeping kiwi, during the breeding season you will learn how we find out how long they have been incubating, and other interesting information.
We will serve you a delicious morning/afternoon tea at the TSB Information Hut before guiding you back to your vehicle.
Cost: There are a number of options depending on which package you are interested in. Please contact us for a price.
Grade: Ensure you have good footwear and appropriate weather gear.
Time: allow approx. 2 to 3 hours for the tour from the time you arrive
Bookings: Are essential please phone Pūrangi Kiwi project office 06 756 8925 Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm.
Transport: Self drive to Aukawa Road, Matau 45 minutes from Inglewood
Our autumn walks which include an evening meal and kiwi listening will be promoted here in April each year.