Nature reserve gets kid-friendly billing


The Tamahere Reserve has featured in a magazine promoting outdoor adventures for kids.

Outdoor Kid is a free bi-monthly magazine and website designed to spread the word about kid-friendly walks throughout New Zealand.

The Tamahere Reserve figures in the June/July magazine and on the website among the top five kid-friendly adventures less than an hour from Hamilton.

The Tamahere Reserve features in Outdoor Kid [Photo: Gary Clare]

“For 30 years, this rare remnant of Waikato lowland swamp forest was a neglected wasteland,” says editor Ceana, describing the Tauwhare Rd reserve’s history.

“But in 2012, local resident Leo Koppens began the impressive task of tackling this neglected reserve. With support from local committees and businesses, volunteers and enthusiastic youth this reserve is now cared for under the auspices of the Tamahere-Mangaone Restoration Trust,” she writes before describing the reserve’s flora.

“The reserve contains lowland kahikatea swamp forest with multiple stands of trees, some more than 400 years old. Under a canopy of exotic trees, there is significant re-growth of native mamaku, mahoe, carex and ponga.”

Summing up the reserve for kids’ adventures, Ceana writes that “this hidden gem is worth exploring and hopefully, older kids will be inspired to lend a hand to the restoration project.”

She also suggests that “while you are in the area, drive to the end of Woodcock Road to see the impressive Allan Turner Walkway suspension bridge spanning the Mangaharakeke Gully system. A small pathway leads down to the Mangaharakeke Stream.”

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