Waitohi Bush

Locality Pleasant Point, Map No. 15, Kowhai Track 45 minutes and Cabbage Tree Track 20 minutes

Start at the entrance to the camp- ing area on Galbraith Road. There is a large sign with information and directions for the walk you choose.

Waitohi Bush is surrounded by a pine plantation but the bush in the reserve includes mahoe, lemonwood, myrtle, black matipo, red matipo, marble leaf, narrow leaved lacebark, cabbage trees, kowhai, kanuka, five finger broadleaf, lancewood, wineberry, and fuchsia. The rare native climbing daisy grows here. along with Pohuehue and Parsonsia creepers which are abundant in places. There are some kahikatea, matai and totara trees.

Bird life includes bellbirds (korimako), fantails (piwakawaka), silver eyes, grey warblers, tomtits and the shining cuckoo.


  • Wonderful views over South Canterbury from the top of the hill
  • Abundant bird life
  • Native forest
  • Picnic area with water and BBQ