Nikau Bush Conservation Area contains 19 hectares of lowland broadleaved forest on the north-western shore of Te Whanga Lagoon.
Such forest was once common on the fertile soils on the Chatham Islands, and this area contains the largest stand of nikau remaining on the main Chatham Island.
The reserve was purchased by the Crown and fenced in 1981, and since then regeneration has been prolific. The nikau are spectacular when in flower during December and January.
Nikau Bush Conservation Area is on the north-western shore of Te Whanga Lagoon, Chatham Island. Look for the sign on the North Road, one and a half kilometres past Blind Jim’s Creek which marks the access to the reserve. To reach the entrance, walk uphill for a kilometre following the fenceline marked with orange triangles to an entrance stile and sign.
lovely walk through farmland and bush
a lovely walk through the bush to the Nikau trees. Well worth the 45 minute ramble with lots of photographic opportunities too. Toilets, covered picnic area and information boards at the start of the walk.
Nice wee walk
This bush walk takes you through forest glades and impressive generation beneath the towering nikau palms. There is ample parking at the road side and a 5-10 minute stroll up to the reserve its self.
Another good place to stop for a rest and to stop and admire the views. Not far from having a fossick at Blind Jim’s too.