Bushy Park Homestead And Wildlife Sanctuary Whanganui

Bushy Park Wildlife Sanctuary And Homestead

A 100 hectare predator-free bird and native forest sanctuary

The Bushy Park Homestead and Wildlife Sanctuary is a 100 hectare native forest sanctuary kept predator-free for native birds and is ranked as one of Australasia’s “Top 25” Restoration Projects. There are 3.4km of easy all-weather walking tracks throughout the forest and wetlands area and a huge variety of bird life and species of trees. Bellbirds (kōmako), NZ bush pigeon (kereru), saddlebacks (tīeke), stitchbirds (hihi), morepork or owl (ruru), purple swamp hen (pūkeko), kingfishers (kotare)and white-faced heron (matuku moana) are just some you may see.

Don’t miss “Ratanui”, believed to be the biggest northern rata tree, 43 metres high with a girth of more than 11 metres with an age of between 500 and 1000 years. It is reputed to be the largest Rata tree in the world. The walking tracks take you through virgin lowland forest of tree species including mahoe, mamaku, pukatea, rata and rimu along with colonies of fern and mosses.

a tour of bushy park

  • Easy walking

    Enjoy beautiful walkways winding through native rain forest.

  • Birds

    If you enjoy bird-watching, this is the place for you! Almost guaranteed to meet friendly native birds.

  • Heritage Plus

    A beautiful and majestic homestead from 1906 offers plush accommodation – Motorhomes welcome too!

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791 Rangitatau E Road
Kai Iwi 4578
New Zealand

December – April
Monday – Friday:
10:00am – 3:00pm
Saturday – Sunday:
10:00am – 5:00pm

May  – November
Tuesday – Friday:
11:00am – 4:00pm
Closed Mondays.
Homestead closed except prior arrangement.

(06) 342-9879
(027) 698 2388
2 Hours
$10 - Children under 15 Free
No Dogs, Parking Available, Bushwalks, Food, Toilets, Wildlife, Family Friendly

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