Percy Scenic Reserve
Take a walk or have a picnic in this peaceful setting, just 3 minutes from the centre of Lower Hutt
Relax with a picnic on the lawns in front of the duck pond while the kids run around in a contained area surrounded by paths and forest. Little feet exploring a little further can also find a historic water wheel once powering a flour mill and 15 minutes further up the forest valley the highlight of the park is the slim and tall waterfall.
Often referred to as “Percy’s” it’s part of a connected network of reserves in the hill suburbs of Korokoro and Maungaraki that adults will admire as much as the kids. The reserve gardens contain an important collection of rare and endangered plants from the Wellington region and from other threatened ecosystems across New Zealand such as Mt Burnett, the Chatham Islands and other offshore islands. The collection developed from the interests of the Percy family, who lived here from the 1840s until 1939 and includes over 1000 species and varieties in the alpine rockery and the potted alpine collection of botanist AP Druce.
The reserve has a nursery raising native species to support the natural regeneration in the valley.
Public transport is easy, with a bus stop (stop number 8051) just up the road from the entrance to the park.
Perfect for a full day out with a young family - but keep the family dogs and bikes at home as they not permitted in the park, and it's not suitable for mountain biking.