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Parks,Trails & Open Spaces
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Parks, Trails and Open Spaces

Trail by Tutaekuri2Hawke's Bay's warm, mild climate lends itself well to outdoor activities. Our regional parks, rivers, streams and trails are attractive spaces where people can enjoy active recreation or just relax.

Our regional parks - Pakowhai, Pekapeka, Waitangi and Tutira - are well loved and well-known, as are many of the region's river corridors. The creation of over 220km of Hawke's Bay trails has linked some of these areas and provided opportunities to explore the Heretaunga Plains from the vantage of your cycle seat.

There is so much to do in these spaces:

  • cycling
  • walking
  • relaxing
  • picnicking
  • camping
  • fishing
  • watersports
  • exploring & learning.

What does HBRC do?

As a regional authority, we own or administer land for various purposes, from flood control and drainage through to soil conservation and investment. Over time, we have improved public access to these areas, for both environmental engagement and recreational use.

The benefits of parks are widely accepted throughout the world. They contribute to healthy communities by encouraging active lifestyles as well as providing opportunities for people to connect with nature and learn about the environment.

Our Regional Park Vision is “a network of Regional Parks that are easy to access, healthy, well cared for and characteristically Hawke’s Bay, with space for people to appreciate and enjoy the outdoors, nature and life.”

The Hawke’s Bay Regional Council also partners and supports other providers of regional park opportunities such as the Te Mata Park Trust, the Guthrie Smith Arboretum and Outdoor Education Centre.

Please support Hawke’s Bay's growing Regional Park Network by using and enjoying these spaces respectfully. We want Hawke’s Bay’s public and visitors to the region to enjoy quality regional park environments not only now, but in a hundred years time!

Opening times?

Our Regional Parks are open sunrise to sunset. Some river access points are locked at night to reduce vandalism and accidents - please take note of all information signs in river areas.

Walking tracks at Tutira Regional Park are closed during July, August and September for lambing season.

The Hawke's Bay trails are open at all times for cycling and walking.

Volunteering

Community, business and school groups help out with planting new areas, weeding or barking. We manage a programme of areas that need enhancing and will happily assist groups with plant material, equipment and safety measures.

We regularly hold or assist with planting days throughout the region. We always need plenty of volunteers for this so if you or your community group would like to help out please check out our planting days and register online. 

Parks are rubbish free

These are your regional parks and open spaces and we are sure you like parks that are clean, tidy, attractive and safe, so please take away any rubbish that you brought in with you.

More information?

Please see the individual pages relating to particular regional parks, walkways and trails for more information. If you have any questions please call our Open Spaces team on +6468459236.

Want to know more? Watch our video about our beautiful Regional Parks here.

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