A’Deanes Bush is the best remaining example of the original forest of the Ruataniwha Plains. The 38.5 ha reserve, dominated by matai and kahikatea, is situated on a flat river terrace.
A large totara tree, about 34 m high, is the focal point of this track that begins at the reserve entrance. It takes at least 7 people to encircle its trunk with their arms. The track passes through the forest to the Tukipo River.
If you’re visiting on dusk, watch out for long-tailed bats as they emerge to feed.
Sherwood School students and families have a very special relationship with A'Deanes Bush as the guardians of the forest. The students raise seedlings in our school shadehouse and we have up to eight visits a year to the bush to explore, have learning outside the classroom and have planting days. Our special bond with A'Deanes has created a lifelong interest in nature, ecology and conservation with present and past pupils.
Off SH 50 south of Ongaonga. Access off Makaretu Road, 1 km past Sherwood School. Map and more information is available at http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/hawkes-bay/places/adeanes-bush-and-monckton-scenic-reserves/things-to-do/adeanes-bush-walk/