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Papamoa Hills Cultural Heritage Regional Park

Papamoa Hills Cultural Heritage Regional Park

Dazzling views out across the sea, and the chance to stand on an ancient pa site where Maori warriors scanned the slopes for invaders … two of the best reasons for hiking into the Papamoa Hills, one of the first regional parks in New Zealand. The park was opened in July 2003, in a unique joint venture between the regional council, Environment Bay of Plenty (now sole owner), and Tauranga & Western Bay Councils.

Park rangers describe the park as having a definite ‘wow’ factor, with its panoramic views of both natural and man-made landscapes. Hikers look out over the Coromandel Peninsula, Mauao, and across to East Cape, and over islands including Mayor Island (Tuhua) and Motiti. It’s a great spot to view the urban sprawl of Mount Maunganui and Papamoa. The summit walk takes around 45 minutes.

Poplar Lane, off State Highway 2 (Tauranga Te Puke). (07) 577 7000

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