Gray's Bush Scenic Reserve walks

  • Walking
  • Circular Track (Loop)

These walks pass through a remnant of the tall kahikatea (podocarp) forest which once covered much of the Gisborne plains - the shorter option is suitable for buggies and wheelchairs.

There are two main tracks that loop and link within the reserve. Both are reached from the car park. The 15-20 minute wheelchair-accessible loop track is clearly marked, allowing wheelchair users to immerse themselves in native bush and view interpretation signs along the way. 

The reserve is on flat land, and is small enough to roam and explore freely. A full circuit of the tracks takes 40-60 minutes at an easy pace. 

The reserve also provides a nesting, resting and feeding habitat for native and introduced bird species, including bellbird, fantail, goldfinch, harrier hawk, kingfisher, magpie, pheasant, pipit, redpoll, silver eye, skylark, sparrow, thrush, tui, grey warbler, shining cuckoo and blackbird.

There are also some kereru (native wood pigeon) and the rare North Island kaka is a seasonal visitor too.


No dogs.

How to get here

Gray's Bush Scenic Reserve runs alongside the Back Ormond Road, about 10 km north-east of Gisborne.

The car park and entrance is located on Back Ormond Road, at the turn off to Harper Road. The reserve is signposted from Back Ormond Road.

Track Elevation

Map of Track

More information

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Page last updated: Apr 23, 2021, 3:58 PM