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Fern Walk

Time: 2-2.5 hrs | Fitness Level: low-moderate | Distance: 5.3km 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 Manawatū!


The Fern Walk will take you through beautiful native bush, with lots of native trees to see, including totara, matai, 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. There is a long drop toilet found at the start of the track. 

Physical Address

Totara Reserve

Contact us

Palmerston North City i-SITE:
[email protected]
+64 6 350 1922
0800 MANAWATU (626 292)

Other Important Info

Toilets are available at the nearby Totara Reserve Campground

Please note this information should be used as a guide only. To help ensure your safety we advise you review our safety page and contact the individual provider for up to date information on their compliance with all Health and Safety and regulatory requirements.