Lorraine Moller Arboretum Reserve Management Plan
The Lorraine Moller Arboretum is the District's only Arboretum and is located centrally within Putāruru, off Harry Martin Drive. The landscape character of the Arboretum is dominated by the v' shaped land form dropping down from Harry Martin Drive to flatter ground by the Oraka Stream.
The reserve can be accessed from Harry Martin Drive where visitors can walk through pasture lands with a view of the Kaimai Ranges. The reserve is a starting point for the Oraka Stream Walkway which runs along the valley floor through a labelled collection of maple, oak and dogwood trees, with some picnic tables for those wanting to take their lunch along.
The reserve is named after Putāruru-born athlete and Olympic bronze medalist, Lorraine Moller. During the course of Ms Moller's distinguished sporting career, she participated in four Olympic events earning herself and her country a bronze medal for marathon. She won the 1984 Boston Marathon and represented New Zealand in athletics from 1973 to 1996, competing in all distance events between 800m and the marathon, as well as cross-country, road running and road relays.