The walk follows a figure-eight formation ending where you start. From here on the walk is flat to undulating.
In the heart of the park you will find the memorial to Robert Cunningham Bruce, a conservationist who gifted the district several forest patches. A short side track here leads you to the old concrete gates that were once the original entrance to Bruce Park before the highway was realigned.
The original entrance to Bruce Park
From Bulls, continue north on State Highway 1 for about 30 km (or approximately 5 km south of Hunterville) and turn down Aldworth Road.
Near the corner of State Highway 1 and Aldworth Road is a farm gate. Park here, go through the pedestrian gate and follow the gravel track into the bush.
An easy walk through a podocarp and broadleaf forest remnant with impressive specimens of rimu, totara and kahikatea.
Wildlife you might encounter on the way include kereru, tui, bellbird and the fantail and, if you are lucky, the long-tailed bat.
The walk features a memorial to R.C. Bruce, a noted pioneer and conservationist in this region.
These interesting short and overnight walks are great options for getting outdoors with children.
Robert Cunningham Bruce, an early conservationist gifted several patches of forest and this is one of them – good on ya Bruce! Check out the mighty trees – is that a bellbird up there? Stay until dark for a chance to see long tailed bats, yes bats!