This reserve is part of the Waikato River corridor. The vegetation is currently dominated by wilding Pinus pinaster, open grassland, areas of kanuka and secondary native species and small areas of geothermally influenced vegetation. Pest plants such as broom and blackberry are also extensive in places. The intention for this area would be replace pines, blackberry and broom with native forest by felling or poisoning pines and allowing existing native trees to recover, supplemented with planting of suitable tall forest trees. Control of pest plants will be required and care will be needed in the geothermally influenced areas particularly where vulnerable ferns and prostrate kanuka are located.