Fensham Reserve Bush Walk, Wairarapa

Fensham Reserve is an easy-going busk walk just 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.

  • 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