A reserve and playground in Lower Norsewood.
Location: Hovding Street, Norsewood South.

Come and

feed the Eels

Wop Wops Wetlands Park in Lower Norsewood is a great example of natural area protection, revitalisation and education with the wetland improvements project repairing the areas around a natural spring and native riparian planting. By cleaning up and enhancing the wetland area the habitat of native species, including the long-fin eel (tuna) whose numbers are declining, has become an improved environment.

The protected habitat is vital for eels as they live for about 100 years in the same place, before migrating to the Pacific Ridge to breed and die. The wetland is open for the general public, where they can feed the eels. While also learning about the sites historical significance and the value of protecting and conserving the wetlands for future generations.

Located    75-79 Hodving Street, Norsewood South                    phone       06 3740897

Is a small camping spot, suitable for motorhomes (self-contained only)

located       500 meters from Upper Norsewood, on NamokoRoad    open           All year around. There is a small charge.

The Old Dairy Factory Norsewood

Camping available with powered sites        76 Hodving Street, Norsewood South    06 3740851         027 4765041

An excellent spot to stop for a picnic & enjoy a stroll in the native forest. Camp in a clearing, surrounded by established native bush & a stream. Suitable for motorhomes/caravans /tents/overnight camping, water & clean toilets available.  Managed by Tararua District Council.  

located      3kms North of Norsewood, just off SH2                         open     All year around.

                  $2 donation payable at Scandi Superette Coronation Street. Max stay 5 nights.

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.

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.

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.