This page contains information about the walkways through the A H Reed Memorial Park - maturing kauri trees, a spectacular waterfall and a forest canopy walkway, with access for those living with disabilities, on an easy loop walk.
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The A H Reed Memorial Park is a magnificent remnant of the original Northland kauri forest. Maturing kauri trees known to be at least 500 years old can be easily viewed close up from a raised walkway through the forest canopy. The bubbling Wai Koromiko Stream runs through the middle of the park and the Paranui Falls, at over 23 metres high, are well worth a visit.
The site received recreational reserve staus in 1889 and was named in 1956 after A H Reed, a well known author and publisher who had an interest in long distance walking, the environment and kauri trees in particular.
There are several loop tracks through the park, and one is designed to be suitable for the less able and wheel chair users. Times given are for walking the tracks one way only.
The Elizabeth / Alexander/ Canopy Loop
Time: 30 minutes
Distance: 890 metres
From the Lower Car Park, cross over the bridge by the information board and then right onto the surfaced Alexander Walk. At the cross ways, turn left over the Canopy Walkway to the large kauri trees. The Elizabeth Track (steeper, with steps and not surfaced) makes a circular walk back to the car park.
The Alexander / McKinnon/ Canopy loop
Time: 15 minutes
Distance: 300 metres
From the Middle Car Park, take the ramp down to the cross ways. Turn right along the Alexander Track over the stream and then left along the McKinnon Track. At the large kauri trees, turn left over the Canopy Walkway back to the base of the ramp near the Middle Car Park. This walk is suitable for wheelchairs and the less able.
The walk can be extended down the Alexander Walk to the Lower Car Park but some people may find the return walk a little too steep.
Route to the waterfall
Time: 60 minutes
Distance: 1450 metres
From the Lower Car Park, take the Alexander Walk to the right. At the Canopy Walkway, continue ahead to the McKinnon Track and then turn right. This track becomes quite steep and uneven in places.
There are two lookouts over the Paranui Falls from near the top where there are also many kauri rickers (young trees). The Elizabeth Track can be used to make a circular walk back to the Car Park, via the large kauri trees.
Follow the link below to download a printable map of the tracks.
A H Reed Memorial Park walkways map [172kb]
What to expect
Native bush, streams, waterfalls, huge kauri and mainly easy walking. The Canopy Walkway is an experience in itself and is considered to be a ‘must do’ for visitors to Whangarei. The park offers a variety of scenery and experiences for people of all abilities.
How to get to the park
The park is situated about four kilometres north east of central Whangarei. Take Mill Road north out of the city and turn right into Whareora Road. There are three carparks for visitors to use. The main Lower Car Park is on the left, 1.5km from the turn into Whareora Road.
The Middle Car Park for less able visitors is a further 300 metres on the left and the Upper Car Park just off Clapham Road, a further 300 metres along the road.
The park can also be reached by walking from the Hatea River Walkway or from the Sands Road / Clapham Road link to the north.
For information about the Hatea River Walkway and the Whangarei Falls Walkway, select from the links below.
Hatea RiverWhangarei Falls