A Little History

Sleepy Morepork is in an area otherwise known as Morrisons Bush with Bidwills Cutting Rd being an important part of Morrisons Bush’s development.

Charles Bidwill was the first settler to bring sheep into the area in 1844. Travelling from the Hutt Valley he drove 350 merino sheep across the Wainuiomata River and literally carried the sheep over the Mukamuka Rocks (Palliser Bay).
Charles Bidwill was very involved in local politics and thoroughbred racing and later farmed cattle as well.

A couple of years later another settler (Henry Burling) brought cattle along the same route but then cut a track through what is now known as Morrison’s Bush. This whole procession was re-enacted in 1990 as part of NZ sesquicentennial celebrations. This took 2 years to plan and the trek took 2 weeks.

There is a freedom camping site at Morrisons Bush now, alongside the Ruamahanga River which is also a lovely picnic spot.