Tom & Don's Bush, Taranaki

Wood pigeon, photo courtesy of DOC

Wood pigeon, photo courtesy of DOC

Walking tracks: None

Getting there: The reserve is not publically accessible.

The locals: Native birds in the area include bell-bird, tui, white-eye, wood-pigeon, grey warbler, shining cuckoo, fantail, morepork, harrier hawks, pukeko, kingfisher as well as the occasional red gull.

This 15 hectare reserve is one of the few green leafy remnants of Taranaki’s once abundant broadleaf forest. Sitting between Mount Taranaki and the sea, the reserve contains a mix of tawa, pukatea, kohekohe, with some rewa rewa, rimu and a profusion of tree ferns, mahoe and kawa-kawa. It has been protected under a QEII covenant since 1991. The eradication of invasive plants such as blackberry and re-planting efforts has led to a healthy recovery of natural re-vegetation