Walking tracks: The reserve has one circular track that takes an hour to complete.
Getting there: The reserve is located in the Turakina Valley, 10km west of Hunterville on the Mangahoe Road. It is not visible from the road, but it is well signposted.
The locals: Tui, grey warbler, North Island fantail, silvereye, NZ pigeon
Blanketed in matai, lemonwood, miro and pokaka and some magnificent examples of totara, rimu and kahikatea, Laird’s reserve contains a mix of vegetation and birdlife. Sulphur-crested cockatoo, which were introduced in the area in the 1900s, pose a threat to many of the podocarp trees because they eat out the growing tips, strip bark and dig into the trees they roost on. The greatest threat to the reserve, however, is from old man’s beard, which forms in large infestations. The Rangitikei branch undertakes regular track maintenance and planting projects in this seven-hectare reserve -you are welcome to join us.