Fern Walk

Time: 2 - 2.5hrs | Fitness Level: low-moderate | Distance: 5km loop

The popular Fern Walk leads you through one of the regions most ancient remnants of native bush - Totara Reserve. This scenic walk is a must-do while in the Manawatu!


The Fern Walk will take you through beautiful native bush, with lots of native trees to see, including totara, martai, rimu and kahikatea. The birdlife is abundant throughout the area so keep your eye out for birds such as the Tui, Fantail, Bellbird and Kereru Wood Pigeon. 

TIP: Make a weekend of it - Totara Reserve Campground is a few minutes away, check it out!

Getting there

The track is located in the Pohangina Valley about 30 minutes drive from Palmerston North. From Ashhurst, drive north along Pohangina Road, then turn right onto Pohangina Valley East Road. Keep your eye out for the signage for the Fern Walk, you will see a small car park on the side of the road. 


Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies

For more information visit Adventure Smart

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Physical address
Pohangina Valley East Rd

Facilities and Features
Car Parking