Mt Stewart Reserve is close to the town and is an 8 hectare bush-clad hill on the northern outskirts of Taihape. A re-vegetation project is under way to re-cover the area with plants indigenous to the reserve. For more information about the Mount Stewart Native Forest Reserve and its history click here
Taihape's Hidden Secret - Scenic Reserve
Just a five minute stroll from the CBD is Taihape’s Scenic Reserve. A delightful bush walk, along well formed walking tracks, will take you through the well vegetated native bush to the Hautapu River, a great spot to fly fish for brown trout. Take thirty minutes to discover Taihape’s Hidden Secret. Location - The scenic reserve is accessed by walking through the Memorial Park and Children’s playground which is situated one block east of the main street along Tui Street.
Paengaroa Scenic Reserve
A 5 minute drive from Taihape and one of six mainland islands managed by the Department of Conservation. These are areas of forest in rural New Zealand that are intensively managed in an attempt to create the equivalent of offshore islands on the mainland. It has a remarkable concentration of rare species and the greatest concentration of divaricating plants for any similar sized area in New Zealand making it a botanical treasure trove.
Inland Patea Heritage Trail
The Inland Patea Heritage Trail, from Taihape to Hastings, is one of the North Island’s best kept secrets. Along this trail you can retrace the ancient Maori route from Hawke’s Bay to the Inland Patea district around the headwaters of the Rangitikei River and its main tributaries the Moawhango and Hautapu Rivers. From the trail you can obtain breathtaking views of mountains and river gorges. From the highest point on the road you can cross the watershed where streams flow eastward through the mountain ranges to Hawke’s Bay and westward into the Tasman Sea south of Wanganui…. For more information about this trail, contact or visit the Taihape Information Centre.