Papamoa Hills Regional Park
Walking/ Hiking/ Trail Running
The main and best-known walking track is from the carpark, located on Poplar Lane (off SH2 between Tauranga and Te Puke), to the trig station (at 224m). The track leads through pine forest, native bush and open grassland and showcases the terracing on several pa sites and breath taking views from the top. It takes about 45 minutes and rises relatively steeply.
There are several other tracks which allow you to explore the cultural heritage of the park and make the most of the expansive views, with most tracks leading you to each of the six pa sites within the park boundary. Remember sunscreen and a hat for sunny days and although most tracks are well formed, good walking shoes are recommended, as is a reasonable level of fitness. Take a bottle of water with you as there is no drinking water supply in the park. Toilets are only available at the carpark where there is also an information board that provides further information about using the park. Papamoa Hills is also an operational farm - remember to always leave gates the way you found them.
Summerhill Recreation Farm has many kilometres of walking trails just waiting to be explored and new ones being developed. The various sections take in areas of pastures and forest walks to native bush and creek crossings. The walks are conditioned for amblers, runners and other people of intermediate fitness. 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.
To view a map of all the trails go to: www.summerhilltrails.co.nz/vdb/document/35
At Kaiate Falls the main track leads from the car park to the top of the upper series of falls, then down to their base. It then crosses the stream and continues down to the base of the lower falls. Crossing the stream again it loops uphill past puriri and kohekohe. A short side track goes back to the base of the upper falls or you can continue uphill back to the carpark. The tracks are well formed but steep in places which contributes to a walking time estimate of 1 hour. Access to the falls is from Kaiate Falls Rd, via Waitao Rd which runs off Welcome Bay Rd.