Forest And Bird Blowhard Bush Public Open Day

Lawrence Road Waiwhare, Hastings

Kia ora!

Our Forest and Bird branch is continuing our centenary celebrations with an open day at our special reserve, Blowhard Bush. Blowhard Bush is a 63 ha block of native forest which is just off the Taihape Road about 45 mins from Fernhill. We invite you to join us – bring your family and/or your friends.

Come and talk to the team about the forest and what lives within it or about our track maintenance and pest control programme. Join a guided walk with a knowledgeable team member or just hang out and have a good look around while we are there to chat with. This is an opportunity to see unusual rock formations, listen to, or spot a variety of native birds and come up close to forest giants. There is a great view of the Kaweka ranges from the lookout at the top of the reserve.

If you decide to join a guided walk, these will last approximately 2.5 hours at a gentle pace. They will depart at 10.30am and 2.30pm after a short briefing. Alternatively, you can choose an easier walk of 30 - 40 mins on the interestingly named Troglodyte Track departing at the same times.

If you wish to join a guided walk, you will need to book and places are limited so that we can make it a really good experience for all participants.

Sunday, January 28th

Times / Bookings:
Guided walk morning options - 10:15am briefing, preceding a 10:30am start
Guided walk afternoon options - 2:15pm briefing, preceding a 2:30pm start
Bookings for the guided walks must be made by Wednesday 24th January at the latest.
There are limited numbers for the guided walks.

Bookings can be made at this web address -
or alternatively email us at and we will send you a link to make a booking.

If you prefer to walk unguided you are welcome to come at any time.

Duration of walks:
Long walk option 2.5 hours approx
Short walk option 30 - 45mins approx suitable for young children and anyone who prefers the shorter option. 

Limited numbers:
The guided walks will be limited in numbers. First In, First Served

Children under 14yrs:
Must be accompanied by a responsible adult

Lawrence Road, Waiwhare - approximately 45km from Hastings or Napier

Travel west on Taihape Rd for 44kms, then turn right into Lawrence Rd. Lawrence Rd is about 3 km from the top of the hill. Blowhard Bush is 500m along Lawrence Rd. Please park on the right side of the road. Car travelling time is approx. 45 – 60mins

What to bring:
A picnic lunch to have before or after the walk
Sturdy footwear with grippy soles
Warm clothing - temperature can be cooler than in town
Sun hat/beanie

What not to bring:
No dogs or other pets are allowed at Blowhard Bush, to ensure the protection of our native species.



Blowhard Bush, Hastings, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Lawrence Road Waiwhare, Hastings