This is a flat, easy walk – though some sections can be muddy – through 40 hectares of magnificent ancient forest with huge kahikatea, lowland tōtara and mataī. Near Brake Road look out for a hollow tōtara stump large enough to encircle a family. There is a short side trip to one of the historic saw pits in the area.
There are two track entrances.
9.5 km north of Geraldine, turn off SH72 (Inland Scenic Route) onto Peel Forest Road and follow this for 13 km. Turn into Blandswood Road and follow this for 2 km to the junction with Lookout Road. Park in the car park at the junction.
Walk the short distance to the start of the track on Blandswood Road.
The track can also be accessed from Brake Road – turn off Blandswood Road after 1 km.
Know before you go
Cellphone coverage in the Peel Forest area is poor.
Source: Department of Conservation