Te Waoku Kahikatea

A lush native reserve set along the Pūharakekenui-Styx River.



Te Waoku Kahikatea is located at 303 Radcliffe Road, Marshlands.

There is on-site and street car parking available.


Dogs must be leashed in the reserve at all times in order to protect native wildlife.


This reserve was once farmland but has been transformed into eight hectares of a beautiful native forest and natural waterways. 

Various habitats for wildlife such as lizards, birds and fish have been incorporated into the design, and former farm sheds converted into an open-air classroom for people to come and learn about waterways health and local biodiversity.

A two-kilometre walking track meanders through the reserve and into the rongoā (traditional Māori medicine) gardens before looping back to the car park.

Get involved

Help The Styx Living Laboratory Trust to monitor waterway health and the wildlife in it. 

Join the team.(external link)

Start On-site car park off Radcliffe Road
Finish Same as the starting point
Distance 2 km
Time 30 minutes return
Dogs On a leash at all times to protect wildlife
Accessibility Suitable for buggies

A pleasant and easy stroll along the river through native forest plantings and past old open-air farm buildings.

The track loops around to finish where it starts but be sure to cross the bridge and explore the Rongoā (traditional Māori medicine) Garden before heading back to the car park.

Get ready for this track using Plan My Walk(external link) by the NZ Mountain Safety Council. You can find track alerts, weather forecasts, trip reviews and a packing list, so you are set for your adventure.