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
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.
For more information on Park events and notices.
here to find out more about other recreation
opportunities in the Bay of Plenty.