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Invercargill’s pride and joy – there’s 80 hectares of beautiful park here waiting to be explored and enjoyed.
If you want a taste of nature just minutes from the city centre, head to this stunning 100 hectare native forest reserve. Highlights include the 800-year-old rimu tree and an amazing tree-top Canopy Walkway.
This is a great hour-long stroll (3.8km) along a boardwalk that loops around the estuary, taking in the Westshore Wildlife Reserve, and the wading birds and mud crabs that live on the tidal mud flats.
Bring a camera and join the birdwatchers and photographers for a wander through this stunning coastal lagoon habitat, which protects the area’s prolific wildlife.
The beauty of this place (striking natural beauty aside) is the range of things you can do here, walking, fishing, mountain biking, a picnic, it’s up to you!
There are a number of small freshwater dune lakes on the coast near Wellsford with Tomarata Lake having a well formed walking track along the seaward side.
Here’s one for the bike, buggy or simply one foot in front of the other. Set aside half a day for this serene countryside track, linking Hawea and Albert Town.
The reserve is a scenic reserve recognised for its natural and historic features. It is open to the public and used for picnics, walking and swimming. Omeru Scenic Reserve was gifted in 1971 by the late Sir Basil Orr.
A lovely stroll through Kawerau's gardens and parks with some bridge crossings along the way. Bring the kids because there’s a junior angler fishery at Ruruanga Stream.