TECT All Terrain Park
About TECT All Terrain Park
With rich examples of native forest at either side, and a large, recreation-focussed estate sandwiched in the middle, the Otanewainuku and Kaharoa Corridor Virtually on Track gem straddles the hinterland between Tauranga and Rotorua. Both native forest areas boast a treasure of rare and endangered birds supported by active community groups. They are quieter places that reward a visitor who appreciates how New Zealand used to be. Active community groups are also the go at TECT All Terrain Park, but here it’s “Go!” with the emphasis on adrenalin as activities from horse-riding to mountain biking and high rope action. It’s a diverse mix that makes this Virtually on Track gem a great playground whether you’re looking for a sense of awe or for awesome action.
TECT Park: Night-time visit for unique glow. Read about Cindy’s experience exploring this gem – Bay of Plenty Times
Otanewainuku is 1200 hectares covered in virgin unlogged forest topped by the 640m Mt Otanewainuku overlooking the Mamaku Plateau. The forest is home to a growing variety of native birds which have been carefully nurtured under the watchful eye of the Otanewainuku Kiwi Trust since 2002. Among those living here is one of the ghosts of the forest, the kokako – more often heard than seen – but the site also has its echoes of earlier residents with Maori legend saying Tutanekai, lover of Hinemoa, leapt off Mount Otanewainuku to escape his Rotorua enemies.
Otanewainuku is 15 km south from Tauranga using Oropi Rd and then Mountain Rd, or from Te Puke via No.2 Rd then Mountain Rd.
A small shelter, information board and toilets are found next to the car park on Mountain Rd and tracks through the forest also start from here.
Kaharoa Conservation Area
The Kaharoa Conservation Area is a rugged piece of land about half way between Rotorua and Te Puke as the crow, or in this case kokako, flies. And it is the kokako which gives this place its very special character, with the once remnant population of birds now thriving as a result of the sustained pest control efforts of Kaharoa Kokako Trust. The reserve area is accessed off the end of Kapukapu Rd via Kaharoa Road, which runs off the Tauranga- Rotorua Direct Rd. A car park and shelter with interpretive panels are located at the end of the road from which the walking track begins.
TECT All Terrain Park
TECT All Terrain Park is a huge block of land much of which is covered in pine forest alongside the Tauranga-Rotorua Direct Rd. The 1650 hectares property caters for a wide range of activities including walking, mountain biking, horse riding and camping with separate areas set aside for noisier pastimes including off-road motorcycling and shooting. The park also boasts unique conservation and educational opportunities for the involvement of schools, community and environmental groups. Currently there is no charge to use the general park facilities including trails developed for walking, running, mountain biking and horse-riding, however some facilities such as the Adrenalin Forest , a high wire adventure course which opened in November 2011, do incur charges. The park main gate is closed at night and opened in daylight hours only. Summer hours are from 7am to 9pm, including Labour Weekend to Easter. Winter hours are from 8am to 5pm. Park maps are available on line or at the Arrival Centre .
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