Recreation and Open Space
Find out about recreational activities in the Bay of Plenty, including what's on offer in our Regional Parks.
Policy on Regional Parks
In 2003, Bay of Plenty Regional Council approved the Policy on Regional Parks that allows it to secure land for use by the public. The policy gives priority to coastal peninsulas and spits, harbour headlands, salt marshes and land by lakes, rivers and wetlands.
Located in the Western Bay of Plenty, near Te Puke, Papamoa Hills Regional Park is a 135 ha property explored and enjoyed by thousands of visitors each month. The summit is 224 m above sea level and offers sweeping views of the Bay of Plenty coastline. 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.
Photo: Roz Hensman
Onekawa Te Mawhai Regional Park
Onekawa Te Mawhai Regional Park was officially opened to the public in 2010. It is located on the headland of the Ohiwa Harbour above Bryans Beach in the eastern Bay of Plenty. Like Papamoa Hills, Onekawa Te Mawhai has a number of significant archaeological sites such as the two pa sites of Onekawa and Te Mawhai.
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