Welcome to the Bushy Park Sanctuary

homesteadVisiting the forest is now FREE for everyone. We still welcome donations to help us maintain, protect and enhance this special place. A donation box is alongside the Stables, just before you enter the forest.

Access to the forest is during daylight hours only. For access outside these times, please contact the Homestead 06 3429879 to arrange.

Visiting the Homestead is by appointment only. Over the next few months (from March 2018) the Homestead and Stables buildings will be closed for major repairs.

Educational groups and large group visits please book ahead of time.

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Bushy Park Sanctuary is located on the west coast of the North Island of New Zealand, at 791 Rangitatau East Road. It is 8 kilometres from Kai Iwi and 25 kilometres from Whanganui City.

The sanctuary is a 100 hectare predator-free native bird sanctuary, set amongst one of the few patches of virgin lowland forest. According to Ecological Management & Restoration,  the journal of The Ecological Society of Australia along with SER International, the world’s premier restoration body, have ranked Bushy Park as one of Australasia’s  “Top 25” Restoration Projects.

Within the Bushy Park Sanctuary there are 3.4km of metalled or well-formed walking tracks throughout the forest providing easy all-weather access for visitors. Tree species include mahoe, mamaku, pukatea, rata, and rimu along with colonies of ferns and mosses. A feature of the reserve is a large northern rata Metrosideros robusta named Ratanui ("Big Rata"). It is estimated to be between 500 and 1000 years old and is 43 metres in height and has a girth that exceeds 11 metres.

With a wide variety of birdlife thriving in the sanctuary, on your visit you will be able to see or hear species such as bellbirds, kereru, north island robin, saddlebacks, hihi, moreporks as well as the falcon, fantail, grey warbler, mallard, pukeko, silvereye, kingfishers, and white-faced heron. The sanctuary is home to some kiwi too.

Giraffe weevils, glowworms, and huhu beetles also inhabit Bushy Park.

As well as the Sanctuary, the property also features an Edwardian-era homestead that is a Category One Heritage Building registered with the New Zealand Historic Places Trust. The 22-room homestead, designed by Charles Tilleard Natusch, includes a 33 metre long, 1.8 metre-wide hall that runs the length of the residence. In 1962 G.F.Moore bequeathed Bushy Park to the Royal New Zealand Forest & Bird Protection Society. In 1995 the  Society transferred ownership of the Homestead, Stables and a surrounding area of 11.7ha. (27acres) to an independent Trust now known as Bushy Park Trust who continue to run the Park. In addition it delegated to the Trust, by way of a lease in Perpetuity, management of the forest area in accordance with  a mutually agreed plan. It is is possible to book a stay at the homestead - click here for details.

Bushy Park Newsletter

The August 2014 Bushy Park newsletter has been added. (PDF - 711 kb)
For previous copies, click here.

News from The Bush

Hihi/Stitchbird translocation:
A new publication is available for download. The report into the Translocation of the Stitchbird can be downloaded by clicking here. (PDF: 4.1MB). Updates on the Hihi translocation can be viewed on our new page by clicking here.
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  Homestead: Phone (06) 342-9879 info@bushyparksanctuary.org.nz