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Water Wheel Reserve

A reserve and playground in Lower Norsewood, known for it's flying fox.
Location: Hovding Street, Norsewood South.

The WopWops

A reserve and playground in Lower Norsewood, Famous for their Eels. Right next door to World Famous Norsewear......Bring the kids and come and have a look. Location: Hovding Street, Norsewood South.

A.N.Z.A.C. Park

An excellent spot to stop for a picnic and enjoy a stroll in the native forest. Camp in a clearing in the native bush at A.N.Z.A.C. Park. Surrounded by established native bush and a stream. Suitable for motorhomes, caravans and tents,/overnight camping, water and clean toilets are available. $2 donation payable at Scandi Superette Coronation Street, Norsewood. Maximum stay 5 nights. Managed by Tararua District Council. Located: 3kms North of Norsewood, just off SH2. 

Matthews Park

Mathews Park is a small camp spot 500 metres from Upper Norsewood. The site is suitable for motorhomes (self-contained only). There is a small charge.
Located: Ngamoko Road, Upper Norsewood

Old Dairy Factory/Camping

Camping available with powered sites 

76 Hodving Street

Norsewood South

06 3740851    0274765041

Troll Stroll

Start your walk at Johannas Word, in Coronation Street. Each sign has a message, which is a clue to lead you to the next. Anyone can do the troll stroll, even with pushchairs or wheelchairs, although assistance may be needed on the hill down to Lower Norsewood.

    There are picnic areas and seating along the way and public toilets in both Upper and Lower Norsewood. When doing the final section to Lower Norsewood, some people may prefer to drive down, to save the walk back up the hill. (Its a little steep)

    Some of the things you will see along the way are:

The Pioneer Museum, Johannas World (Little Norway), The Bindalsfaering, The Historic Oak Tree, Two War Memorials and of course the Trolls............

Norsewood Stepping Out

Four walks around Norsewood taking from 5 to 15 minutes. Great for a short break while traveling.
Visit the Norsewood Information Centre for details

Apiti & Downiti Track

Ngamoko Rd: 10km via Apiti Track

Marked tracks lead up both valleysides. Heading east leads to the ridgeline track to Longview or over to Makaretu Hut in the next catchment east. Climbing west leads to the Ngamoko Range at Toka highpoint, and either Shorts of Knights track to Limestone Road roadend. A rough track runs north-south along Ngamoko Range from Piripiri Hut to the Pohongina Saddle at the valley head

Nau mai, tahuti mai e te tī, e te tā ki Te Āpiti o Manawatū

The people of the Manawatu have grown in the shadow of Te Apiti, for it has stood long before the arrival of man. Formed over 1.5 million years ago, it stands as a reminder of another time, when bush lands flowed untamed and wild across the region. It bore witness to great beasts like the mighty Moa, and it stood strong against the force of the Manawatu River. A land stepped in legend. A land shrouded in myth. A land of the people. It doesn’t matter how you experience its wonders, by foot, by rail or water, the only thing that matters, is that you experience it for yourself. To experience Te Apiti, is to experience the spirit of a region.

A'Deanes Bush Walk

Take a walk through beautiful native forest dominated by matai and kahikatea as well as a large totara tree. The reserve is on a flat river terrace.

A’Deanes Bush is the best remaining example of the original forest of the Ruataniwha Plains. The 38.5 ha reserve, dominated by matai and kahikatea, is situated on a flat river terrace.

A large totara tree, about 34 m high, is the focal point of this track that begins at the reserve entrance. It takes at least 7 people to encircle its trunk with their arms. The track passes through the forest to the Tukipo River.

If you’re visiting on dusk, watch out for long-tailed bats as they emerge to feed.

Getting there

Off SH 50 south of Ongaonga. Access off Makaretu Road, 1 km past Sherwood School.

Monckton Walkway

Enjoy a short walk through native forest rich in kahikatea, totara, beech, matai, tawa and kowhai. Plenty of native birds to see as well.

This 16.5 ha reserve is a mixed podocarp and beech remnant, rich in kahikatea, totara, beech, matai, tawa and kowhai. Native birds are plentiful, with spring being a good time to visit as tūi and bellbirds are attracted to the many flowering kowhai trees.

You'll need to climb down a bank and cross a stream to start the track. The track itself is easily walked as it climbs and descends to the picturesque Tangarewai Stream.

Use the facilities provided for picnicking and barbecuing after you’ve enjoyed a walk or swim in the reserve.

Getting there

From SH50, west of Waipukurau, turn into Ashley Clinton Rd. Turn to the right when you reach a fork in this road.