42 - Orchard Stream Reserve

An easy walk, mostly sealed paths - Orchard Stream Reserve is unsealed.


Time: 40 - 60 minutes

Area: Stoke

Start Location: Stoke Library on Putaitai Street.

Download the Orchard Stream Reserve map (161KB PDF)

Route directions

From the library turn left into Neale Ave and right into Songer Street. Cross Songer Street at the Railway Reserve and head south through to Orchard Stream Reserve and the sign directing you to Wordsworth Place. Walk through the reserve taking the left side of the stream. Cross over Marlowe Street and continue following the Orchard Stream. The plantings along the length of this esplanade reserve have produced a wildlife corridor - the flax flowers attract the nectar feeding birds, particularly our native tui, bellbird and wood pigeon.

Turn right into Nayland Road, cross over and take a left into Aldinga Avenue then right into Tyree Drive. Proceed to the end and past the Aldinga Reserve - a playground is located in the southeast corner. Turn left into Reeves Street, cross Songer Street, then go left into Devon Street and right into Langbein Street. Ahead is Broadgreen House and Samuels Rose Gardens. Broadgreen House was originally built in the mid 1850s for the Buxton family. In front of the house is Samuels Rose Garden, a real treat when blooming in late spring and summer. Broadgreen House is open to the public with a small entry charge.

Turn left into Nayland Road from the gardens and cross over. Continue along the road and turn right just before Broadgreen Intermediate and follow Poorman Valley Stream through to the Railway Reserve. The Railway Reserve is a notable feature of the Nelson landscape, particularly in Stoke, providing a pedestrian/cycle route running almost the entire length of the city, following the old Glenhope to Nelson railway line.

Turn right into the reserve and walk through the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Walkway to Andrew Street. This avenue of rhododendrons and camellias was planted in June 1998 and continues through to Songer Street. Turn left into Andrew Street, right into Neale Avenue and back to the Stoke Library.