Historic Buildings Of Paparoa
Kauri Bushmens Memorial Walk
The reserve was purchased in 1954 as a memorial to the pre-First World War kauri bushmen. Although the industry is remembered as one of destruction and flagrant demolition of a majestic species of tree (the kauri), it was also a time of high human endeavour. Bushmen living in harsh conditions and in rugged country developed kinship and camaraderie, not to mention an affection for their environment (despite it’s plunder).
Observe forested ridges as you pass through an area of former kauri forest. There will often be a solitary large tree still occupying the ridge, left by the bushmen for the continuation of the species.
The dense stand of kauri on the hilltop has a regenerating understory of kohekohe, red matipo and a carpet of hound’s tongue fern.
Lion's Walkway Extension - Village Green, Pa Site, & Pahi Road Loop
The walkway, starts beside SH12 in the Paparoa township with an easy first stage across private land to the foot of the Pa site (20 minutes).
From here the walk crosses a second bridge entering the main bush aera. The track climbs with a moderate grade up to the Pa site (another 20 minutes).
There is a loop track , or you can venture further to the boardwalk through the mangroves onto Pahi Road (15 minutes) and return along Pahi Road before joining Paparoa Valley Road back to the car park (30 minutes).
For full details and Map view download the walkway pamphlet.
Matakohe Kauri Museum
Phone: 09 4316969
Pahi - Historic Site And Famous Fig Tree
Historic Kauri Logging Site