Lindsay Bush

Scenic Road, Central Hawke's Bay, Hawkes Bay

On the outskirts of Waipukurau township, this excellent example of native remnant forest, is a great alternative if you are short on time.

Allow 45 minutes

Situated on the northern bank of the Tukituki River, Lindsay Bush Reserve is just 5km from Waipukurau township and SH2. You only need 30-45 minutes to walk through this 9.8ha of lowland podocarp forest, a small remnant of the forest which used to cover the vast area of Hawke’s Bay. Many of the trees are an impressive size, some estimated to be between 250 and 500 years’ old.

This small reserve offers 2 tracks; the main Titoki track follows the curve of the river and ends at the stop bank at the far end of the reserve. From here you can head back the way you came or climb the steps and follow the stop bank back to the carpark, allow 30min. The Totara track (recommended) loops off the main track to the left and adds 10-15 minutes to your walk time.

Lindsay bush Reserve is a popular picnic spot with a table, basic toilet facilities just inside the reserve and river access from the carpark. The flat terrain and wide paths makes this walk suitable for the whole family. Dogs are allowed but must be on a lead.

Getting There

From Waipukurau Township Head North along SH2, Turn Left onto Lindsay Road, turn left onto Scenic road. This will take you up over the River stop bank and into the Carpark for Lindsay bush.

You can also access the Tukituki trails network  via the stop bank, which runs along one edge of Lindsay Bush Reserve.