Get to know the Pureora Forest Park
This 12 m high tower is a 10 minute walk from Bismarck Rd car park. It gives you an entirely different perspective of life up in the forest canopy. It is a good spot for observing native birds such as kuku (kereru/native pigeon), kakariki (parakeets), and kaka (forest parrot).
1800 years ago a forest was knocked over, buried and preserved by a violent eruption from a huge volcano, whose remains now form Lake Taupo. In 1983 this remarkable forest was accidentally uncovered by a digger. Today the uncovered logs lie as they fell during the volcanic eruption.
One of New Zealand’s most significant conservation battles took place at Pureora in 1978. Protestors occupied platforms built in the treetops (near the site of the present day Forest Tower) and their actions led to a government-imposed logging moratorium and, eventually, the end of native forest logging in the Park.
The largest recorded totara tree in New Zealand is located on private land on SH 30, approximately 10 minutes drive east of the Pureora Field Base. It will take you 20 minutes to walk from the car park to the tree.
The steam winch on Pikiariki Rd was used until the late 1940s to haul logs from the forest for milling.
In the 1950s, the two-tonne Caterpillar tractor on Link Rd was used to pull split totara posts and battens from the bush. When it broke down it was left where it stood for the forest to claim