New Zealand Walk: Mangatoro Scenic Reserve
In the Mangatoro Scenic Reserve, east of Dannevirke, in southern Hawkes Bay there is a one kilometre 25 minute loop walk through an impressive eight hectare area of native bush including Matai, Totara, Rimu and Kahikatea.
From the small grassy carpark with picnic tables, the walk descends about 20 metres and follows a circuit through the trees.
The track feels unkept and is overgrown in places. It can also be wet, slippery and boggy in patches especially after rain.
There is a map at the start of the walk. You can do a circuit, or exit back on to Ngapaeruru Road about 500 metres from the carpark.
Getting there Head east out of Dannevirke on Miller Road (signposted to Weber and Pongaroa), which becomes Weber Road. After about 12 km turn left on to Ngapaeruru Road at Mangatoro. The reserve with carpark is on the right about 1.2 km from the turnoff.
Middle left: There is a steep decline after the start of of the walk.. Bottome left: Fungus growing beside the track. Other photos show some of the tall trees in the rreserve.