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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.
- Two entries - Cobden Road (begins with short, steep climb) and Belvedere Road (flat entrance)
- Well maintained track, boardwalk and gravel paths
- The circuit track is an hour and there are two secondary tracks, Brow and Old Fence to stretch things out
- A few up and down sections but mostly a fairly flat walk
- Beautiful Kahikatea, Matai and Kanuka throughout
- Easily accessible from Carterton - turn onto Belvedere Road at the roundabout off of High St