Kauri Bushman’s Memorial Walk

Kauri Bushman’s Memorial Walk

At Brynderwyn, turn left from State Highway 1 onto State Highway 12, the Kauri Coast route. Despite the moniker, the land is mainly rolling pastoral farmland. The first sign of kauri is an easily missed road sign for Kauri Bushman’s Memorial Walk, between Paparoa and the turnoff to the Kauri Museum at Matakohe. Turn right onto Stirling Road and stay left on the road until you see the sign and car park.

The reserve offers a short 300 m boardwalk loop through a regenerating kauri forest. The oldest trees are probably around the 200 year old mark, so at relatively early stages of crown development. However, it is an almost purely kauri forest, which is a bit unusual.

A plaque at the entrance explains that the section of forest was acquired by NZ Forest and Bird in partnership with the government and the Kauri Bushman’s Association to commemorate the people who worked in the kauri forests prior to 1914, the start of WWI.

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