Bushy Park, Whanganui

Bushy Park Awarded

Bushy park has been named as one of the 25 best ecological restoration projects in New Zealand and Australia. Eight NZ projects were recognised by the panel, including a number of projects that were orginally instigated by Forest & Bird, such as Karori Sanctuary, Tiritiri Matangi and Maungatautari ecological island  


 Walking tracks: The reserve has 10 tracks through the forest area that vary in length from 5 minutes to 2 hours. Nearly all are flat and well formed, and are well signposted near the homestead.

Facilities: The Bushy Park homestead (built 1906) is the main building on the property. Accommodation and meals are available in this historic building. The park’s forest area is enclosed in a predator-proof fence. Education programmes and guided walks are held by appointment.

The locals: Glow-worms, saddleback, bellbird, tui, silvereye, fantail, grey warbler, kereru, pied tit, pukeko, mallard, white-faced heron, North Island robin, native falcon, giraffe weevil, huhu beetles and various moths and butterflies.

Location: Bushy Park is located along Rangitatau East Rd, Kai Iwi (“kai” food, “iwi” people), Wanganui. It is approximately 8km east of Kai Iwi and 24km north-west of Wanganui.

Bushy Park contains a range of vegetation from mature rimu-matai forest (including the biggest rata in the North Island) to farmland. There have been numerous releases of native bird species within the protection of the predator-proof fence, including North Island brown kiwi, saddlebacks, North Island robins, and these relocated populations are flourishing. Forest & Bird members have worked on the revegetation of the wetland area, planting species including rimu, pukatea, mahoe, karamu, hangehange, pigeonwood, kawakawa, NZ flax and toetoe. 

Bushy Park has an active volunteering programme to look after the reserve. To get involved, contact Mandy Brooke on mandyb@clear.net.nz.