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Blowhard Bush, Napier – Taihape Rd

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Unearth “Blowhard Bush” and discover a 63 ha forest, treasure managed by the Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society is a unique area where native forest grows amongst karst limestone creating unique rock formations and several caves. There are various walks in the reserve ranging from ½ hour to 2½ hours. The forest contains many caves, fascinating rock formations and water-cut passages.

Short walks include:

The Rakaunui Track can be started at either the northern or southern end of the Tui Track. If you leave from the northern end, the track is mostly downhill. It features some of the largest trees in the reserve and passes many sculptured limestone (karst) formations complete with cave wētā. Take a torch if you want to look for them. Duration 30 minutes (check brochure for further details in travel pack section).

Blowhard Bush location

Blowhard Bush Reserve is located at the corner of Lawrence Road and Napier-Taihape Road approximately 53km north-west of Hastings.


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