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Bushy Park

Bushy Park Sanctuary is located on the west coast of the North Island of New Zealand, at 791 Rangitatau East Road.  It is 8 kilometres from Kai Iwi and 25 kilometres from Whanganui City.

The sanctuary is a 100 hectare predator-free native bird sanctuary, set amongst one of only a few patches of virgin lowland forest.  Within the Bushy Park Sanctuary there are 3.4km of metalled or well-formed walking tracks throughout the forest, providing easy all-weather access for visitors.

As well as the Sanctuary, the property also features an Edwardian-era homestead that is a Category One Heritage Building registered with the New Zealand Historic Places Trust.  It is possible to book a stay at the homestead.

Summer opening hours are from 10am to 3pm daily during the week and 10am to 5pm at weekends and holidays.  Winter opening hours from May to November are Saturdays and Sundays from 11am until 4pm.  The Homestead is closed Monday-Friday, except by prior arrangement.

There is a small fee for visiting the Bushy Park Sanctuary.  Currently the fee is $10 for adults, while all children (15 years and younger) and “Friends of Bushy Park” are free.

The Rotary Club of Wanganui North and a number of other volunteers are in the process of raising funds, upgrading pathways and facilities to ensure that Bushy Park continues to be a wonderful place to visit.


Bushy Park Wetlands Rough track cut through bush Shovelling shell rock to lay on track Laying shell rock on track Path with shell rock laid Foundations for boardwalk over pond Building boardwalk with engraved planks Native tree planting A well earned break
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