Totara Reserve Regional Park

Nestled in the Pohangina Valley lays Totara Reserve Regional Park; a treasure of the Horizons Region. Covering 340 ha of bush, the Reserve offers a wide range of attractions to the day visitor. From walking tracks, swimming holes, and the native wildlife that is scattered all over the park.

Walking Tracks

A network of tracks takes you on a journey through the mixed podocarp forest with its tall canopy trees, shrub and forest floor communities, wide variety of birds and animals, and wonderful views of the Ruahine Ranges and Pohangina Valley.

Tracks include:

  • Fern Walk (2-3 hours)
  • Pettifar & Gilchrist Loop Tracks (1-2 hours)
  • Nature Trails


Totara Reserve Information

Totara Reserve swim spot


There are two camping grounds in Totara Reserve, one large site (Kereru) adjacent to Camp Rangi Woods, and one smaller site (Kahikatea) across the road. If you are coming from Palmerston North, once you reach Totara Reserve, keep travelling north until you get to the Highland Christian Camp and veer off to the left.

Amenities on site include toilets, showers, drinking water, BBQs, a 'back to roots' adventure playground, powered and unpowered tent sites, and river access.

The camp grounds are open to stay during the summer months, opening on Labour Weekend every year through until the end of April. 


There are toilet and shower facilities with wheelchair access at both camp sites. The larger and easier to use of these, is at the newer ablution block at the southern and larger camp area (Kereru). Both setups have been used by campers with wheel chairs and are considered satisfactory.


  • Powered sites $20.00 for two people per night - $4 per extra person per night
  • Unpowered sites $12.00 for two people per night - $4 per extra person per night
  • Children under 5 stay free

Bookings are necessary for the powered sites and can be made through Kelly on (06) 329 4708.
The unpowered sites work on a first in, first served basis. Please note, no dogs are allowed at the grounds. 

Below is the booking form to camp at Totara Reserve. Please print it off, fill it out and take it with you.


Booking Form