Easy Walk, 20 Minutes – Henry’s Reserve, Patumahoe, Franklin

This stunning reserve is one I’ve heard about many times through local facebook groups, and I was really keen to check it out. Located on Hunter Road, Patumahoe, this little reserve is a hidden gem.

From the minute you enter the reserve, you can hear the waterfall and stream! Winding through a small bush area, the track is pretty basic, but easy walking. There are lots of tree roots so you do need to watch where you are going. You soon arrive at the stream, and follow this up to the main waterfall. A total of 15 metres high (including cascades), even after a long dry spell this still had plenty of water going over it. It was pretty quiet, with just a few of us there. It is officially on lead, and there are spots where you and your dog enjoy a paddle in the stream.

Like so many other bush areas, this reserve is subject to regular poison drops for predators so watch your dog at all times.

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On Lead
Car Parking – Off Hunters Road, there is a small area by the side of the road for parking.
Bins/Toilets/Water – No
Other – Watch out for poison baits/traps. Swimming access for dogs and for people to paddle. Take your camera – the waterfall is gorgeous! The tracks may get a bit muddy in the wet season.

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