Karangahake Native Bird Reserve


Learn about native New Zealand birds, trees and aquatic life, and about the fascinating history of the Karangahake Gorge’s first miners and kauri bushmen.

  • Mature native forest
  • Replica miner’s camp
  • Eel and freshwater crayfish pond
  • Bird education area
  • Beautiful walking track
  • Early Maori history

Bullswool Farm's Bush Reserve was a winner in the Environmental category in the inaugaral "Pride of New Zealand" Awards.

Prices: Entry to Native Bird Reserve is included with Farm Park admission.

The walk:

  • The Native Bird Reserve takes about 30mins to walk
  • The walk is easy and it is suitable for able walkers of a moderate fitness level.  However there are lots of steps and a few narrow places, so the walk is not suitable for prams.



Comments from our Visitor Book:

“Welcoming, well set out, and animals all in top nick and happy. Thank you.”         

Annette Arundel

“A wonderful variety of animals and good info. We have taken our children to lots of farm and animal parks in both Europe and Australia, and this is the best we’ve seen.”

The Kirbys

“A wonderful visit to see well loved animals”

Sue and Hank McOy

“A thing of beauty is a joy forever… Thanks a million.”

Bev and Adrian Ticha

“Lovely haven. Such lovely people. Thanks for the great day.”

Fran Mills

“We'd love to move in and share the good life but we must return to the big smoke. But with special memories, especially of being foal Thom's first visitors!”

Jeremy, Michelle and Thom Hill

“The most delightful place. Well worth our visit.”

Linda and Peter Scott

“Absolutely fabulous place. Will be back.”

Kent Suasua

“A memorable afternoon. Animals always leave an impression on my heart.”

Vicky Brimblecomb