A'Deane's Bush

Ashley Clinton, Central Hawke's Bay, Hawkes Bay

We like to go on family adventures and we found somewhere very special at A’Deane’s Bush.

A’Deane’s Bush is jam packed with beautiful native trees, plants, birds and wildlife. The track led us down to a well maintained path below the beautiful bush canopy. We were all captivated.

It is a short walk - under 2km so it was perfect for kids. The track is great terrain with only a few little spots where you need to watch where you walk. The kids loved walking through the hanging roots, touching the trees and listening to the roaring chorus of the cicadas.

The majestic 600 year old, 34m Totara tree is a highlight. It looms high above the other trees around and apparently takes up to eleven people to reach all the way around its’ trunk. We came nowhere near with only four of us to try and reach around it.   

We will be back for several more A’Deane’s Bush adventures. It is a real gem of Central Hawke’s Bay and we were so impressed with what we found.

A’Deane’s Bush isn’t just a daytime destination either. Take your torches and head out there in the evening and look out for the long-tailed Bats that live at A’Deane’s Bush.

You will find A’Deane’s Bush only a short five minute drive off SH50 so it’s very easy to get to, and I would highly recommend if you are driving through on a long drive, it’s a great spot to park up, take a walk and then have a picnic before continuing your journey.

It’s a real treat to find places where kids can safely run around and explore, especially when the adults can enjoy it as much as the little ones.

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