Boundary Stream Mainland Island is situated on the eastern flanks of the Maungaharuru Range, about 60 km northwest of Napier. It extends from lowland forest at 300 m above sea level to montane forest. It is home to a number of threatened species including North Island brown kiwi, kākā and kōkako, New Zealand falcon and kererū. The teaching resource explains the concept of conservation management in what is termed 'mainland islands' and provides further information on the biodiversity, history, geology and landform and recreation opportunities available at Boundary Stream Mainland Island.
The 802 hectares of Boundary Stream Mainland Island:
encompasses the 802 ha Boundary Stream Scenic Reserve
is situated on the eastern flanks of the Maungaharuru Range
extends from lowland forest at 300 metres above sea level to montane forest, 1000 m above sea level
Boundary Stream Scenic Reserve was established in 1979 and managed by the Department of Lands and Survey until the formation of the Department of Conservation in 1987.
Bird and Wildlife Watching
Bring your binoculars and dress "quietly" to avoid rustling and you'll see and hear a wide range of New Zealand native wildlife, including North Island brown kiwi, kaka, kokako, NZ falcon, kereru, rifleman, North Island robin, tui, bellbird, whitehead, tomtit, grey warbler, shining and longtailed cuckoo.
Photography From well formed tracks, you can take stunning photos of our native animals and plants, including neinei, and our endemic kakabeak. The inquisitive North Island robin will often stay close enough to allow a good portrait shot!
Plan & Prepare
Tracks to Shine Falls and Bell Rock cross private property. Please keep to marked tracks and use stiles. Do not disturb traps, poison stations and other equipment. There are toilets and a visitor shelter with displays at the Tumanako carpark, and toilets at the Pohokura and Heays Access Road carparks. Weather conditions can change rapidly. Be prepared and carry warm and wet weather clothing.
Before you go into the outdoors, tell someone your plans and leave a date to raise the alarm if you haven't returned. To do this, use the New Zealand Outdoors Intentions process on the AdventureSmart website. It is endorsed by New Zealand's search and rescue agencies and provides three simple options to tell someone you trust the details about your trip.