Croydon Bush, surrounded by farmland, shows what much of Southland once looked like with forest, grassland and shrubland communities.
The native podocarp hardwood forest is home to a range of birds including Bellbird, South Island Fantail and Tomtit, Grey Warbler, Brown Creeper, Silvereye and Tui. One of the most stunning times to visit the area is at Christmas when the forest blushes with an abundance of flowering rata. The forest is generally used by trampers and hunters.
The eastern end of the reserve, accessed from Croydon Bush Road, is locally known as Grant's Bush. The Hokonui Tramping Club maintains three routes in this area that can be accessed by the public.
The adjacent Dolamore Park encompasses 95 hectares of native podocarp forest, expansive lawn areas, and recreational and camping facilities.
- Natural Attraction
- Free Things to Do
- Outdoor Activities
- Less than half day
- Wildlife Spotting
- Scenic Photo Point
- Scenic Attraction
- Walking & Tramping