1 Hr 5 km


  • Beautiful Kahikatea, Matai Kanuka trees
  • Easy to access from Carterton
  • Reasonably flat, easy walk



The well-maintained track includes a boardwalk and gravel paths.

Fensham Reserve is an easy-going bush walk on the outskirts of Carterton in the Wairarapa.

Fensham Reserve lies just out of Carterton, a 50 hectare property left to the Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society by John Fensham.  Made up of farmland, wetland, regenerating forest and shrublands this reserve is also a native bush walk popular with locals.

It’s easy going and a pleasure to walk around with glimpses of farmland and plenty of trees which also have name plates at their base. About half way round is a lookout which brings you out of the bush and gives a panoramic view of Carterton and the Wairarapa valley. The best bit is the birdsong - absolutely beautiful and so many different calls, trills and whistles, all without having to walk miles into the bush.

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Alternative routes

The circuit track is an hour and there are two secondary tracks, Brow and Old Fence to stretch things out. They include a few up and down sections but are mostly a fairly flat walk with beautiful Kahikatea, Matai and Kanuka throughout.

Getting there

There are two entries; Cobden Road (begins with short, steep climb) and Belvedere Road (flat entrance). 


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