Tiki Tiki Reserve
Panda Road, Tokoroa, New Zealand
Tiki Tiki Reserve Tokoroa Reviews
Pack a picnic lunch and the kids, we're going bush! Aug 03, 1967
Tokoroa is surrounded by forest and within these forests are numerous reserves, catering for a day with the family out in the wild.
One such reserve is Tiki Tiki, East of Tokoroa, on Panda Road.
As scouts we used the reserve often for our activities. The drive takes you out through Pines and then past Redwoods. The forestry roads are gravel but well maintained. The drive should take you about 30mins from the time you leave town.
I recall the day a few of us decided to walk back to town. We hid each time we heard our leader's car coming along the road in search of us. We weren't the most popular boys when we finally came out of the forest into farmland and were bundled into the car for the remaining 5 mins of the journey.
You must have a permit to enter the privately owned forests. The office to obtain a permit is in town and they should be able to provide you with a good map to the Tiki Tiki reserve after completing the paperwork for the free permit.
Tiki Tiki used to be a train station for the forest rail system. I have spent many many nights in the old hut there but the last time was back in 1989ish and the fireplace was a little too vandalised and the roof a little too neglected. I imagine there's not much (if anything) left of that hut now.
The company did clear the area, grass it, and build a BBQ shelter and a toilet block in the late 80s though so there is still something to enjoy out there if you're looking for a picnic spot in the bush.
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