Hinewai Reserve

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A patch of gorse surrounded by regenerating native bush.

Hinewai Reserve is a private nature reserve on Banks Peninsula in New Zealand.


Hinewai Reserve started off as a 109 ha block of farmland bought by the Maurice White Native Forest Trust in September 1987 and is now 1230 ha of gorse and regenerating native bush.[1]

The reserve was completely forested in pre-human times but, as with much of Banks Peninsula, the forest cover was severely reduced, especially after European settlement. The transformation from open pasture and gorse to native vegetation has occurred rapidly.[2] The reserve includes 20 walking tracks open to the public, including part of the Banks Peninsula Track.

The reserve is managed for the Trust by botanist Hugh Wilson, who hand-writes and illustrates a newsletter about the reserve, Pīpipi, which the Trust publishes several times a year.[3]

One-third of the reserve was burnt on 13 July 2011, possibly due to a lightning strike.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Cronshaw, Tim (2008-02-22). "Return of the Natives". The Press.
  2. ^ Wilson, Hugh (1994). "Regeneration of native forest on Hinewai Reserve, Banks Peninsula". New Zealand Journal of Botany. 32 (3): 373–383. doi:10.1080/0028825x.1994.10410480.
  3. ^ Pīpipi. Maurice White Native Forest Trust. ISSN 1173-6674. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ "Peninsula native bush reserve ablaze". The Press. 13 July 2011. Retrieved 15 July 2011.

Further reading[edit]

  • Hugh Wilson, (2002) Hinewai: the journal of a New Zealand naturalist ISBN 1-877251-20-8

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 43°49′25″S 173°01′51″E / 43.823533°S 173.03074°E / -43.823533; 173.03074