Harker Reserve

A 3km walking and riding track near Onewhero, through native bush and farmland, with views, streams, and a fine waterfall.

The main track follows the Half-way Gulley Road which many years ago was the access road to Onewhero.

The track is well graded for easy walking but can be muddy in wet weather.

A side track leads to Vivian Falls / Te Wai heke a Maoa – a hidden gem and a landmark in local Maori history.

Apart from the track along the old road line, all the Harker Reserve is private land. The Harker family protected 25 hectares of bush on the northern side of the track under a Queen Elizabeth II covenant in 1982, and further areas on the southern side and at the waterfall to the west have been protected by the landowners since.

Please keep to the track. Open areas adjoining the track are private farmland – leave gates as you find them and keep dogs ona lead and under control at all times. In the bush areas the track is easy walking and there are benches and picnic tables for your enjoyment, but please do not stray further off the track – the country is steep with hidden drops.

Pest control is helping to protect the diversity of the trees, plants and birdlife in the Harker Reserve, which is a designated Key Ecological Site.