Boundary Stream Scenic Reserve is located within a Department of Conservation-managed Mainland Island situated some 60 kms, or around an hour’s drive, northwest of Napier. To get there, take SH 2 to Tutira, turn left onto Matahorua Road, then left onto Pohukura Road.

Your reward: Stunning views, bush-clad walks and seeing the highest waterfall in Hawke’s Bay, the spectacular 58 metre high Shine Falls. If time allows, the nearby Lake Opouahi Kiwi Crèche is well worth a visit.

The Mainland Island concept aims to recreate conditions found in pre-human times, such as no animal or plant pests, intact ecosystems and the presence of rare species. Professional management aids the recovery of native forest and wildlife, enables the safe re-introduction of native species, trials and determines the best methods of pest control and species recovery, helps to halt the decline of biodiversity and ensures the survival of individual species on the mainland.

The areas also provide opportunities for visitors to experience unique New Zealand habitats containing a diverse range of native and endemic flora and fauna.

The reserve is home to a number of threatened species including the reintroduced North Island brown kiwi, kākā, kōkako (see photo), and kākāriki. Look out for the New Zealand falcon and kereru, fantails, rifleman and some rare species of plants. 

Walking tracks range from 1 hour duration to 5 hours. The Heays Access Road and Shine Falls Track is roughly 1hr 30 mins (4.4 km) return and suitable for children 7 years or older. If you pack a picnic, wear comfortable walking shoes and take suitable clothing for unpredictable weather, the experience of observing Nature close up and personal makes a great family outing or school Field Trip. 

Note: No dogs are allowed. More info at

Thanks to Peter Ahern, Principal at Hastings Central School for the Shine Falls photo.

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