Walking & Tramping

Forest Hill Scenic Reserve

647 Forest Hill Crossing Road, Lochiel

Forest Hill Scenic Reserve protects a valuable example of a remnant of New Zealand native forest surrounded by developed agricultural land. A unique reserve, the forest represents the type of native bush once found on limestone outcrops throughout the Southland Plains.

Totara, matai, rimu and kahikatea rise above a canopy of hardwood trees, home for large numbers of native and introduced birds. Explore the lush forest and investigate dramatic rock formations along the walking tracks that wind through the reserve - the gravel surfaced trails are particularly popular with runners. The walks take a few hours, but the spectacular views over the Southland Plains are well worth the effort!

There are two tracks in the reserve. The main track is the Derek Turnbull Track, a two hour (one way) trail that links the picnic areas at either end of the reserve. The second track is the Loop Track, a one hour return walk from the Forest Hill picnic area, with the special feature of a small cave called Weta Cave, the gradient of the track near the Tussock Creek end is easier. The track entrances are clearly signposted from both the Tussock Creek and Forest Hill picnic areas.

Note: No dogs are allowed in the reserve.

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Last modified
Thu 27 Feb 2020
  • Activities
  • Natural Attraction
  • Free Things to Do
  • Outdoor Activities
  • Sightseeing
  • Half-Day
  • Less than half day
  • Wildlife Spotting
  • Scenic Photo Point
  • Scenic Attraction
  • Picnic
  • Self-Guided
  • Walking & Tramping
  • No Dogs
  • Toilets