The Reserve, one for all seasons with its many changing faces, is open to the public seven days a week from 9am to 5pm. There is no charge but donations are gratefully accepted.
As well as the bush walk & gardens there are a number of facilities available in the Reserve including: picnic areas, children's play area, toilets, tennis court, summerhouse, orienteering, morning & afternoon teas and accommodation & function areas in the homestead.
Wildlife and Flora
There are numerous wildlife and flora found on the Reserve. Many Tuis are found feeding on the various nectar trees, both native and exotic. The most distinctive tree growing within the bush gully is a majestic 1000 year old Kahikatea (white pine).
The Nature Trail starts on the drive in front of the house. To find the Nature Trial Points, follow the bushwalk and look for numbered wooden posts set into the ground. The trail points are in order from 1 to 20. A number of the trees featured in the nature trail are labelled. Information booklets are available at the start to the track.
Are located at various parts of the reserve. These include the open space area adjacent to the parking area [most popular], clearings throughout the bush walk and lawn in front of the Summerhouse.
This consists of two small buildings adjacent to the tennis court. One of the buildings has a small kitchen, which consists of an old sink bench and some utensils. Seats as well as some tables are available to be used. The summerhouse is suitable for small groups of up to 30 people. Past uses of the Summerhouse[s] include weddings, family reunions & picnics, social club, school groups, barbecues, church services or casual use. Bookings of the Summerhouse is essential. Book here or contact the Council (06) 323 0000.
Provides for comfortable accommodation as well as small functions and meetings. Refer Accommodation & Functions pages for more details. Please contact either by email or by telephone (06) 329 3938.
Morning & Afternoon Teas
Teas are provided on the weekend to small groups on request. Teas can be provided either in the Summerhouse or outside beside the homestead overlooking a peaceful part of the reserve. Please contact either by email or by telephone (646) 329 3938.
Childrens Play AreaThis consists, at this point of time, a plastic slide and is located near the parking area.
A grass court is available during summer months. Tennis racquets are available for a small hireage fee from the leasee at the homestead.
ParkingAn all weather [gravel], sheltered, parking area is available at the north eastern part of the reserve.
ToiletsA clean flushing toilet block with a separate division for male & female is located near the parking area.
Small ChildrenThere are several deep drains along the walk and deep ponds nearby. Young children should be watched at all time.
DogsNo dogs are permitted on the Reserve.
CyclistsCyclists are not permitted within the bush walk.