Awahuri/Kitchener Reserve

This 13.98ha reserve is one of the few remaining areas of the original semi-swamp podocarp forest in the Manawatu District and has fine collections of kahikatea, matai and totara. One of the kowhai, recorded at over 20 metres high, is believed to be the tallest in New Zealand. The reserve has strong historic botanical significance containing some rare and threatened plant species as well as strong landscape character and native flora and fauna.

There are three landscape character areas in the reserve:

  • Bush area
  • Central Entrance area
  • Undeveloped area

Recreational Facilities, Amenities and Use

Schools, scientists and university groups use the reserve for educational purposes and scientific research as well as other interest groups. It is the starting point for the Te Kawau Heritage Trail because of its historical association with the District. The reserve has limited facilities, howevr, a boardwalk has been constructed through part of the reserve which enables access through the swampy areas.

Dogs on a leash are permitted but camping and campervan overnight stays are not permitted.

Awahuri Forest / Kitchener Park Trust

Kitchener Park Trust is a Council Controlled Organisation (CCO). Kitchener Park Trust shall be responsible for achieving the Trust’s objectives and managing the Park’s day to day operations. Find out more about the Kitchener Park Trust here.


This reserve is south east of Feilding between Kawa Kawa Road and Awahuri Road. It is located on flat land at the junction of the Mangaone West and Makino Streams.