Waitohi Bush

Walking & Off-road Cycling


Head up to Waitohi Bush for the day, or bring your tent and camp for the week. Here you will enjoy unrivalled panoramic views of the district, the abundance of native bird life and the wonderful walks through the native bush.

Please note: Rabbit control is currently underway within the reserve with Pindone treated carrot. Please exercise care with children and dogs.


Corner of Gully Bush Road and Galbraith Road, Waitohi.


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


Start at the entrance to the camping 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
  • New Toilet installed November 2018
  • Drinking water

Last updated: 16 Sep 2021