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Regional Parks

Papamoa Hills Regional Park

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.


Onekawa Te Mawhai Regional Park

The Onekawa Te Mawhai Regional Park, on the spectacular headland between the Ohiwa Harbour and Bryans Beach, was opened by the Upokorehe hapu and the Bay of Plenty Regional Council in 2010.

The 26.8 hectare property is valued for its rich Maori cultural history and significant archaeological features, many of which are clearly visible in the landscape. It has views to Kohi Point in the west, across the Ohiwa Harbour, and east to towards East Cape.


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.