Ratapihipihi Scenic Reserve

Ratapihipihi Scenic Reserve

The name Ratapihipihi comes from the traditional hunting practice of the local Maori. A reference to the sound made when blowing a dart through a Rata leaf for hunting birds.

Located a mere 15 minutes from New Plymouth CBD, Ratapihipihi scenic reserve is arguably one of New Plymouth's most underrated scenic attractions, overshadowed by the vast offerings of Egmont National Park. A gently graded loop walk meanders alongside a small stream, surrounded by the most Nikau Palms ever seen as the path descends into the greenest of picturesque valleys. Suitable for the whole family, it boasts a waterfall and abundant bird life, with a shaded picnic area beside the car park.

Wildlife: 1
Scenic: 1
History / Points of Interest: 1/2
Quiet / Relaxed: 1
Visit again: 1
Smiles per Hour rating: 4 1/2

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