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Fern Walk

Fern Walk

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  • Sun 2 Mar ’14, 1:00pm – 7:00pm


Palmerston North City i-SITE Visitor Centre , The Square, Palmerston North


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Transport, host and boxed lunch only: $35.00



One of Totara Reserve’s great assets is the Fern Walk – a 5km track officially opened in February 2000. The track was developed to encourage Manawatu residents and visitors to the region to venture into the outdoors. Situated on the south-eastern block of the reserve on Pohangina Valley East Road, the walk takes about two hours. This Reserve is a much-prized area of bush with a Podocarp forest covering hills and valleys. Predominant trees include Totara, Matai, Rimu and Kahikatea. There are also some Black Beech trees and Dicksonia Squarrosa tree ferns. Native Birds to be found in the reserve include Tui, Fantail, Wax eye, Morepork, Bellbird, Kingfisher and Wood Pigeon.

The Fern Walk is part of the Manawatu Walking Festival which runs over the weekend 28 February – 2nd March 2014 and is focused on bringing together walkers from around New Zealand to experience the variety of great walks in the Manawatu.

This festival has walks for all ages and fitness levels, with plenty of options to choose from including the iconic Manawatu Gorge Track through native bush, a twilight beach walk where you can get sand between your toes and an urban art and sculpture walk to soak up the City culture. There is even a vineyard tour with tasting and a farm walk thrown in for good measure.

Hosting this festival is a wide range of experts ranging from tramping guides and historians through to storytellers, nature experts, experienced walkers and photographers – all of whom are wanting to share their knowledge to help enhance your walking experience in Manawatu.

For more information see the website above, bookings must be made online, there are no ticket sales on the day.

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