Totara Reserve Regional Park is a 340 ha bush area nestled in the Pohangina Valley, about 50 minutes drive north from Palmerston North. It is one of the best and most accessible remaining examples of the ancient forest that once covered much of the Horizons Region.
There is a rich history present at Totara Reserve, one that you can feel as you walk through the forest and are enveloped in its lush serenity. To read more about the history of the Reserve and its popular camping ground, Camp Rangi Woods, visit our history page.
The Reserve offers a wide range of attractions to the visitor. There is camping on site, many swimming holes, a range of walking tracks, plentiful wildlife, and giant trees. Totara Reserve is well worth a visit whether it is for a day or longer.
Photo: The Bush Chapel in Totara Reserve
Protect and enhance the forest and its wildlife
Improve camping facilities, tracks and signage
Promote the Reserve, and its many attractions and features, to increase visitor numbers
Photo: Pohangina River at Totara Reserve
The public are advised that Horizons Regional Council will be appliying various toxic agents to control animal pests within the 607 hectares of the Totara Regional Park operational area over the next 12 months beginning 1st September 2012. For further information please contact Darrell Haworth, free phone 0508 800 800.