Moore's Bush Reserve, Dunedin

Male Tomtit. Photo: Alzira Alaniz

This 4ha section of regenerated native bush is only a short drive away from Dunedin's CBD, but plenty of native birds live there and aquatic life abounds in the Leith Stream that traverses the reserve. Forest & Bird has owned and managed the reserve since 1974.

How to get there: At the North end of George St, turn left into Malvern St and continue up the valley into Leith Valley Road for several km. Then turn into Thompson Road. You can view directions on this map.

Brown Creeper. Photo: Alzira Alaniz

The reserve entrance, a stile next to a gate, is 50m up. 

Tracks: There is an easy 15 min loop track that joins a longer track. Expect to walk across the reserve in about 30 min. See map of walking tracks.

Native fauna: Native birds found at Moore's Bush include bellbird, tui, fantail, grey warbler, kereru (native pigeon), yellow breasted tomtit, brown creeper, and shining cuckoo. A number of introduced species, including the common Eastern rosella, are also found within the reserve. Kakariki parakeets and South Island robins have been spotted nearby.

The healthy Leith Stream is home to a range of aquatic species such as freshwater crayfish and eels.

Native flora: The forest is composed of podocarp conifers and broad-leaved hardwood trees, many of which were planted by the Dunedin Branch.

Native plant species that occur in the reserve include mahoe, horopito, tarata and emergent pokaka, totara, miro, pahautea, kahikatea, matai, pittosporums, coprosmas, bradleaf, wineberry, fuschia, and rimu—one rimu specimen is 800 years old.

Consult our project page for information about conservation work and volunteer opportunities at Moore's Bush Reserve.