Visit the bush settlement at Staglands Wildlife Park in Upper Hutt WellingtonRed Eared Slider Turtles 'Beverly Hills' style accommodation - Staglands Wildlife Reserve

The Old Bush Settlement & Tarn

Cross the beautiful Akatarawa River via our swing bridge, where you will arrive at The Old Bush Settlement, which is a nostalgic recreation of an abandoned Akatarawa bush settlement giving a unique view of the life led by the pioneers during the early settlement of New Zealand. Have fun exploring all the nooks and crannies of this unique old settlement including the jail house where you can take some fun photos of friends and family locked up in the village stocks! The Settlement is a fantastic backdrop for photography enthusiasts and a great Wellington bushwalk.  

Leaving the Old Bush Settlement you will arrive at The Tarn, a picturesque open water area. Here the kids can enjoy a fun ride on the bush railway and walk the waterway boardwalks.  Look out for our slider turtles, usually found hauled out on the logs on sunny days and our black swans, Canadian geese,  paradise ducks and numerous other waterfowl that make their home here.
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for a map of Staglands to find the recreated Bush Settlement.

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