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Stratford is gateway to iconic Mt Taranaki, and offers a range of outdoor activities for those with a sense of fun and adventure, and for others who enjoy a little peace, quiet and seclusion. A network of stunning walking tracks and pathways provides visitors with a link between these attractions, and a unique perspective of the dramatic Taranaki landscape. These trails offer you the chance to escape the hustle and bustle of urban life and discover some of the region’s many reserves, parks, areas of historical interest and natural beauty.

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Stratford Heritage Walkway

Stratford’s Heritage Walkway is a unique pathway showcasing many of Stratford’s unique features. This popular stroll takes you through parks and gardens and follows the pristine crystal clear waters of the Patea River. Points of interest include the Stratford Bell Tower, Malone Memorial Gates, and Kings Theatre. This walkway is classed as easy.

Carrington Walkway

The Carrington Walkway meanders through Stratford’s urban bush and provides impressive views of Mt Taranaki. The walk begins at the historic Malone Gates and provides a choice of routes, with various track options available. Parts of the track follow farmland boundaries which gives views of Stratford’s lush countryside pastures.

This walk suits people  of medium fitness. and is a favourite of children who enjoy the bush experience with all the interesting little nooks and crannies. 

Cardiff Centennial Walkway

The Cardiff Centennial Walkway follows the Waingongoro River, approximately 6km from Stratford. The walkway takes you through farmland as well as natural bush, providing access to points of local historical significance. A picnic area is also available for those wishing to make a day of it.

Otunahe Scenic Reserve

The Otunahe Scenic Reserve (approx. 70 hectares) is a private QE11-convenanted reserve that is within the much larger predator-controlled area of 13,000 hectares cared for by the East Taranaki Environment Trust (ETET).  The reserve at Purangi is a wonderful example of mature native forest and the area has become recognised as a national stronghold for Western North Island Brown kiwi with an estimated 500 pairs in residence as at 2012.  The area has a rich biodiversity and is also home to other native species including fernbird, bellbird, tui, kereru, New Zealand Robin, New Zealand falcon, and whitehead.

Cost: A donation of $10 per person, under 5 years old Free.  All donations help us to continue our work to provide a predator controlled environment for Kiwi to thrive. The project has an overarching goal of 1,000 pair of kiwi by 2020. Guided walks for groups are available and must be pre-booked.

For more information or to download a copy of our Self-guided walk brochure visit: www.etet.org.nz or call into the Purangi kiwi project centre office: Rimu Street, Inglewood. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Phone: 06 756 8925  Grade: Moderate, Time : 2 ½ - 3 hours