Smiths Bush Reserve
Smiths Bush Reserve
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Bridget F
Auckland, New Zealand140 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Family
Smith's Bush is an ecologically sensitive area so the whole walk is on a boardwalk. It is an extremely pleasant walk of about 15-20 minutes to do the circuit. Unlike alot of other bush walks where you spend so much time looking at your feet so that you don't trip, this walk enables you to look up and enjoy the amazing canopy. It has a wonderful collection of epiphytes. If you don't know what these are, you will soon realise.
As you first walk into the area you will notice the incredible amount of bird songs. As you get closer to the motorway these stop but pick up again as you loop around the track. It is suitable for prams and wheelchairs. If you have a wheel chair, park at the far end of the carpark, closest to the batting cages of the cricket ground. From there it is a short paved path to the entrance of the bush. The bush entrance has a gate and within it there is a stand with a brochure. If you are interested, pick one up and read about what you are looking at. However if you don't, you will still be impressed.
Written 4 March 2018
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Ronah802
Auckland Central, New Zealand167 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Couples
Beautiful shady circuit on a wheelchair friendly boardwalk. Best to park by Takapuna Cricket Club off Northcote Rd.
Written 8 December 2017
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Janice D
Auckland, New Zealand24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016 • Friends
I have always enjoyed walking through Smith's bush. Wonderful trees and greenery. Well kept walkway too. Ihave often taken visitors from overseas to see this place - they are impressed too
Written 29 April 2016
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Lorna
Townsville, Australia33 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Couples
Arrived in town and discovered this little gem by accident. Boardwalks cover the ground so that the tree roots are protected presumably or maybe it's wet here, I don't know. Big, old trees. Awesome. Nice seeing a green area.
Written 23 September 2020
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bushgirl59
Auckland, New Zealand41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014 • Friends
This reserve has a board-walked loop for prams, pushchairs and wheelchairs as well as for walkers. Dogs should be on a leash at all times, and should remain on the boardwalk to prevent damage to the plants on each side.

On a windy day, the kahikatea, which is the tallest native tree species in NZ, bang together. The orchestral 'music' produced by the trees, wind and bird song (mostly tui and eastern rosella) is a memorable experience.

A five-trunked puriri is the standout feature of Smiths Bush.

Leaving the established bush, you can enjoy the open space of planted native trees and shrubs like manuka and kanuka beside a man-made pond with welcome swallows, white-faced heron, kotare (kingfisher) and various introduced and native duck species.

If you want a guided tour, with plant identification, contact Kaipatiki Project www.kaipatiki.org,nz
Written 21 March 2014
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spock999
Oxford126 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2011
Smiths Bush Reserve is one of a number of such reserves in Auckland. An area of natural forest preserved in more or less natural state (you don't have walkways in native forest!).

The gentle walk takes around one hour. We went in quite a warm spell and it was pleasantly cool and gave a good feel of native forest. Very pleasant, peaceful (given it is right next to the motorway) and you can hear the birds in the trees - an oasis of nature in the city. Much like a walk in native forest without too much hassle getting there. And its free.

We thoroughly enjoyed our walk and can recommend it to anyone who likes walking, "communing with nature" and just getting away from the hurly burly for an hour or so. Our group was myself, my wife and on plus his young daughter in a buggy

There are no facilities but I can recommend a short drive to Takapuna beach for one of the wonderful ice creams served in the cafe.
Written 15 February 2012
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Gwyn L
31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019
So much bird noise in here! I take my 3 yr old regularly to either walk or ride around the boardwalk. In summer it's nice to escape the sunshine and in winter it's nice to do a bush walk and come out with clean shoes.
Written 19 March 2019
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Ronah802
Auckland Central, New Zealand167 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Couples
With the motorway and sports club right next to this reserve it is easy to miss this woodland oasis but I find it worth a repeat visit
Written 10 January 2019
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Andy P
Nowhere, Oklahoma, United States77 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Family
A lovely 20 min or so loop walk of about 1 km among varied native trees and plants. All in boardwalk to avoid damage. There's and informative (if wordy) leaflet in a box just after the start with 40 or so numbered info points. Be warned these don't correspond exactly to the map especially at the start.

Great way to get some nature time. Start is behind the cricket club. You won't see the sign until up close. At the weekend the parking was full with netball/cricket/rugby folks so we parked on the street up behind Burger King.

Saw and heard dozens of Tui in the canopy and a couple of greenish parakeets flying low just above us.
Written 30 April 2017
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PaulaS9177OG
North Shore, New Zealand6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2016 • Family
Great to find bush in built up areas in the city. Lovely relaxing walk/run.easy walk, better than just walking thru the streets.
Written 29 July 2016
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