The white pine, kahikatea (Dacrydium dacrydiodes) is New Zealand’s tallest native tree. It was much prized for its straight trunk for use as spars and masts. This wheelchair friendly track explores a forest remnant.
From Whakatane, follow Valley Road from Commerce Street to the junction with S.H.2 (White Pine Bush Road). The walk starts from the parking bay 7km further on the left.
It’s a further 5.5km to the junction with S.H.30.
The track is wide, even and suitable for wheel-chairs, although fallen branches and fronds may require removal from the track.
Kahikatea predominates in wetter sites and is the dominant tree is a dense forest of pukatea and tawa. A verdant understorey is lavishly carpeted with ferns and nikau palms. This is a rare remnant of this forest type, which once grew in the valleys and lowlands all over the Bay of Plenty.
Most timber was felled to make butter boxes, as the wood imparted no odour to the butter.
North Island ▷ Bay of Plenty ▷ Whakatane
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