Kahikatea Walk

Track category

Short walk


30 min


Follow the boardwalk through a recovering wetland and remnant of flooded forest at Carter Reserve in the Wairarapa, returning via a loop track through the drier forest section. 

The easy stroll across the boardwalk brings you into contact with some uncommon and interesting native flora, including swamp maire and small leafed hoheria. Brown mudfish and banded kokopu may be hiding beneath the vegetation, and you might even be treated to the unusual spectacle of a duck (grey teal) in a tree.

Dominating the forest, Kahikatea trees draw their nutrients from the soil through a root system that extends snake-like over the surface of the swamp.

Getting there

From Carterton follow Park Road to the end, turn left into Carters Line and right into Gladstone Road to Carter Scenic Reserve. The reserve is signposted approximately 3 km along Gladstone Road. The car park is about 500 metres along the driveway.


Bird and wildlife watching Bird and wildlife watching
Dog walking Dog walking

Plan and prepare

  • Please keep dogs on a leash.
  • Please do not take wheeled vehicles, including mountain bikes, beyond the car park.
  • Please remove your litter when you leave. Recycle aluminium, glass, paper and plastic.
  • Fires may not be lit in the reserve
  • Hunting is NOT permitted. Possum trapping/poisoning is by permit only.

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2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies

Alerts for Wairarapa places


Pōneke / Wellington Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 4 384 7770
Address:   18 Manners Street
Email:   wellingtonvc@doc.govt.nz
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