Find Hawke’s Bay’s highest waterfall, rare birdlife and intriguing geology at the ‘mainland island’ of Boundary Stream.
The conservation area in northern Hawke’s Bay was established in 1996 to restore the natural habitat of threatened species, including North Island robins, kōkako, kākāriki and the New Zealand falcon.
Today, thanks to predator eradication, the Boundary Stream birdlife is flourishing.
Also at Boundary Stream, you’ll find the impressive 58-metre-high Shine Falls, Hawke’s Bay’s highest, and a towering 800-year-old mataī tree.
Many family-friendly walks wind through the native forest, or for a more challenging hike, take the three-hour loop to the distinctive limestone outcrops of Bell Rock.
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