Carter Scenic Reserve offers a flat, half-hour stroll through an unusual native landscape, just minutes from Carterton.
The loop track takes you on boardwalks through the remnants of a flooded kahikatea forest, and back through a drier forest section, for about 30 minutes. It's a rare reminder of the sort of patchwork landscape that once covered much of the Wairarapa before the land was cleared for farming.
Sit for a while on the boardwalk and take a closer look at the watery habitats that are home to rare native plants and fish, including swamp maire, small leafed hoheria, brown mudfish and banded kokopu.
340 Gladstone Rd
Gladstone 5792New Zealand