Walk Central Hawke's Bay
Central Hawke's Bay offers your perfect rural escape, with stunning landscapes and bushlands at every turn. Explore this rural paradise on foot with a short walk.
Off SH50, nestled in the countryside is A’Deanes Bush. This remnant forest is the best remaining example of the original forest of the Ruataniwha Plains. The 38.5 ha reserve, dominated by matai and kahikatea and is situated on a flat river terrace. A large tōtara tree, about 34 m high, is the focal point of this easy 30 mins, 1km loop track. It takes at least 7 people to encircle its trunk with their arms. If you’re visiting on dusk, watch out for long-tailed bats as they emerge to feed.
On the outskirts of Waipukurau township this great example of native remnant forest is a good alternative if you are short on time. Only taking 45 mins to wander the loop track through 9.8ha of native bush, this walk is suitable for the whole family. Situated on the left bank of the Tukituki River just 4.5km north west of Waipukurau, it is a popular riverbank picnic spot.
Sunrise Hut is an enjoyable 2-3hour tramp one way through native New Zealand Forest into the Ruahine Ranges. Sunrise Hut is a popular day trip or book the hut, stay the night and wake up for sunrise and a photo of the beautiful sweeping views across Central Hawke’s Bay. For more info visit www.doc.govt.nz
Sunrise Hut Alternative route
From the Sunrise carpark follow the farm track for 10 minutes to reach the Triplex Hut. This Hut is an ideal base for groups wishing to experience an overnight stay close to a road end and some easier walking tracks. About 100 meters before the hut is the access point to Swamp Track. This low level track meanders through a mix of beech, rimu and kahikatea forest at the base of Sunrise Track.
The Tukituki Trails is a popular network of trails for walkers and bikers, situated in Central Hawke’s Bay between the townships of Waipukurau & Waipawa. It offers a wide variety of trails and tracks along the beautiful Tuki Tuki river.
The Hart Family have opened up the doors and welcome all to experience their great work replanting Native bush, Just sign in at the gate, follow the road to the woolshed, from here you have a signposted 1km walk through farmland to the native forest block. This 1.8km round track weaves through 13ha of original Kahikatea Matai and Totara forest and the other 7ha was planted with support from the Air New Zealand Environment Trust from 2008 to 2010. This is a loop track that requiring moderate fitness.