Pryce's Rahui Reserve, Rangitikei

Getting there: The 13 hectare reserve is located 8km east of Rata, on Putorino Road off SH1, near Marton.

Kauri can be found in this area growing well beyond their naturally occurring range. Photo: C. Rudge.

Kauri can be found in this area growing well beyond their naturally occurring range. Photo: C. Rudge.

Tracks: There are three walking tracks within the reserve, varying in length from 20 minutes to 1 hour. Just inside the inner gate a sign has been erected indicating the track network in the reserve. By combining the different walks a walking time of 1.5-2 hours is possible.

The locals: Pukeko, grey warbler, North Island fantail, shining cuckoo, paradise shelduck.

Throughout the reserve there is a range of vegetation from kahikatea-matai forest to grasslands and flax. Kauri and beech trees can also been found in this area growing well beyond their naturally occurring range. A choir of birds keep this reserve set to the sound of birdsong throughout the day.

The land was gifted to the Rangitikei Scenery Preservation and Tree Planting Society in 1941, on threat of the forest being milled under War Regulations. The Society was dissolved and formed the Rangitikei section of Forest & Bird in 1961.