Thomson's Bush is one of the few remaining native forest areas within the Invercargill urban environment.
Playground equipment at popular Thomson's Bush;
click the image for a larger version. Photo ~ John Leask
It provides the Invercargill community with an important environmental and recreational resource with opportunities for picnicking, play, walking, running and as an educational "classroom".
Thomson's Bush is one of the few remnants of the mainly kahikatea swamp forest that once covered much of the Southland area. The native vegetation in Thomson's Bush is dominated by kahikatea, matai and ribbonwood.
The environmental and scenic values of Thomson's Bush were recognised before the turn of the 20th Century. Today, Thomson's Bush has a strong following of interested residents who want to see the bush protected and restored. Many groups and individuals have worked with Council to remove invasive weeds and plant natives back into the reserve.
Friends of Thomson's Bush
The Parks Division has established a Friends of Thomson's Bush group. Members receive newsletters and attend planting days at the reserve. To join the group contact the Parks Office.
Thomson's Bush is located on both sides of Queens Drive on the northern side of the Waihopai River. Parking is available off Queens Drive and pedestrians can access the reserve from Queens Drive, Preston Street and off the Waihopai Walkway.
Car parking, a small playground, picnic tables and a toilet.
Over 3km of well-graded walking tracks wind through Thomson's Bush on both sides of Queens Drive. Easily accessed from the Waihopai Walking Track.