Papamoa Hills Regional Park
About Papamoa Hills Regional Park
The Papamoa Hills Regional Park Virtually on Track gem is a compact set of parks and reserves showcasing a mix of open farmland, forestry and native forest with spectacular ocean views and picturesque waterfalls. Walking and trail running, mountain biking, geocaching and a refreshing plunge into a waterfall pool are all catered for by this gem, which is an equal distance between Tauranga and Te Puke.
Geocaching at the Papamoa Hills. Read about Cindy’s experience exploring this gem – Bay of Plenty Times
Papamoa Hills Regional Park
Papamoa Hills Regional Park is a unique mix of pa sites, stands of native forest and farmland. It offers outstanding views over the Bay of Plenty coastline from its summit 224m above sea level. The 135 ha property is rich in Maori history and ancestral association. There are several tracks through the park which can be used to enjoy the views and explore the numerous archaeological features, including seven pa sites. Stewardship of the park under Bay of Plenty Regional Council has seen significant restoration planting work undertaken, although it remains a working farm which visitors need to be conscious of. Access is via Poplar Lane from SH2. The park is open daily from 6.30am to 7pm in winter and until 9pm in summer.
Summerhill Recreational Farm is setup for mountain bikers and walkers who can play in a mixture of native forest and pastureland as well as making use of the other facilities including picnic areas, an information hut, picnic areas and a shower. There are 130 hectares to explore, with about 20 kilometres of varied trails for riding and walking, including some great single track. All of the trails are well marked and offer challenges for all skill levels. The park is about 250 metres above sea level and offers some fantastic views to Tauranga and the surrounding coastline. Summerhill is adjacent to the Papamoa Hills Regional Park and is open 7 days a week from dawn until dusk. Entry is via Reid Rd from Welcome Bay Rd.
Also known as Te Rerekawau Falls, Kaiate Falls are the highlight of a small forest reserve containing a ravine through which the Kaiate Stream drops over ignimbrite bluffs in a series of nine beautiful cascades. Tracks are well-formed throughout the reserve. The main track leads to the top of the waterfall, and then to the base of the upper series of cascades. From there it crosses the stream and continues down to the base of the lower falls, where there is a swimming hole (Please note: swimming hole is not considered safe for swimming at the moment). Above the carpark is a picnic area where you can enjoy good views of Mount Maunganui and the Port of Tauranga. Access is from Kaiate Falls Rd, via Waitao Rd which runs off Welcome Bay Rd.
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