Waipohatu (Map reference no 3)

There is a 30 minute easy forest walk following the Waipohatu stream. It gives an opportunity to view virgin coastal rainforest and a great oppotunity to view a variety of ferns.

Maori legend has it that large hairy giants called Maeroero inhabited these valleys of bush. This is a Wildman of Maori mythology who had a hairy body and lived alone in the mountains. He had long fingernails which were his weapon for killing people. There was a similar creature who lived in the forests called Maero.

A track, opposite the toilets, from the main carpark leads to an old Fordson tractor log hauler.


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The Catlins New Zealand

There is so much to see and do in this amazing area of New Zealand's South Island. Whether you are a hiking enthusiastic or a weekend stroller, the many attractions offer an incredible diversity of flora, fauna and scenery.

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Rewcastle Rd,
The Catlins,
New Zealand

On the Southern Scenic Route