Kids at Otatara Scenic Reserve

Let’s Explore

Otatara is a great place to explore our natural environment and it’s right our doorstep!

Find out where you can go exploring with your family and check out our great resources to learn about the range of life that lives here – native plants, birds, insects and more.

Where you can explore

Bushy Point Restoration Area – Bryson Road


Carpark at no-exit end of Bryson Road

What you’ll find

  • Easy walking grass track with views of estuary
  • Interpretation panels
  • Self-guided walk leaflet (PDF, 2.58 MB)
  • Picnic tables
  • Planting areas
  • Pond
  • Nature Trail (PDF, 433.62 kB)
  • No toilet facilities
  • Dogs allowed on leads

For much more information about all the activities and work being done at Bushy Point see the Bushy Point section of this website Bushy Point Restoration

How far?

Allow about an hour return to walk the track – longer to stop for views and a picnic.

Otatara Scenic Reserve – Dunns Road


Carpark on Dunns Road

What you’ll find

  • Well-gravelled loop track
  • Toilet
  • Bush walk
  • Interpretation panel and map

How far?

Allow about an hour return to walk the track.

Let’s Explore activities

Have a go and have fun! Use our Who did that? and Activity Cards to learn more about what lives in Otatara.

Who did that?

Has 7 mystery objects and key questions to ask yourself. Answer cards are also provided.

Activity Cards

Introduce simple games and activities designed to increase awareness and enjoyment of our environment. There are 8 activities - allow about 15 minutes for each one.

Anyone can use these activities. Print them off and have a go! Take them on your next family outing or use them to enhance your school/kindy trip to the outdoors.

Other activities

Native Plants

Learn more about native plants in Otatara:

  • Leaf Bingo (PDF, 1.54 MB) - see if you can match our bingo cards with trees you’ll find in Otatara
  • Leaf Bingo (Māori Uses) (PDF, 1.50 MB) – find out how Māori use native plants

Native Birds and Animals