Sunday, 20 October 2013

A Walk on Whatitiri Maunga

What a fantastic place. At the top of Whatitiri Maunga near Whangarei in Northland there is a small DOC Reserve accessed from Simons Road. It is public road all the way to the reserve though not all maintained by Whangarei District Council. There is a gate. Just go over it.
The Reserve is predominantly Tarairi but there are fine specimens of Tawa and Pukatea and Kohekohe. There is an abundance of New Zealand Jasmine and Hen and Chickens ferns. We even found a Green Hooded Orchid. There are no tracks in the reserve but it is easy to explore. This bush is interesting as it is quite different to most other northland bush.
At 351 metres Whatitiri Maunga is one of the higher hills in the region. The views from around the reserve are fantastic
One of the views

Tarairi
A small Tarairi near the reserve

Tarairi

Wineberry

An old Tawa

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