Claremont Bush

Locality Claremont, Map No. 12 Time 30 minutes

Start next to the sign, walk through the macrocarpa plantation and over the footbridge into the bush. The track then moves into a variety of native plants. Claremont Bush has a circular track with a steep climb up one side and a sharp drop on the other. The slope can be slippery in wet weather.

Apart from a brief clearing on the right hand side giving a view over the surrounding countryside the track is in bush which includes kahikatea and kowhai.

Bird life is plentiful and includes bellbirds(korimako), fantails (piwakawaka), riflemen (titipounamu), grey warblers, brown creepers, and occasionally native pigeons (kereru).

A rare native climbing daisy with a bright yellow flower can sometimes be seen in this bush.

Getting to Claremont Bush can be tricky if you do not know the area. After coming down the zigzag, it is about two kms to the turnoff to Claremont Bush Road. Turn right into Claremont Bush Road which is loose gravel. If you get to the Pareora River bridge you have gone too far. The bush is a further two kms.

Features

  • Native birdlife
  • Excellent regeneration of totara, matai, mahoe, hen and chicken ferns, coprosma, cabbage trees, matipo and kowhai.