Pākōwhai Regional Park
About Pākōwhai Regional Park
Pākōwhai is an attractive country-style park close to Hastings and an easy drive from Napier. Locally known as 'The Dog Park' as dogs are permitted off lead under the control of their owners.
The Raupare Stream, flows through the park and is crossed by small bridges connecting the approximately two kilometres of easy paths, although some access may be difficult for prams and wheelchairs.
There are many specimen trees, a pine plantation and open grass areas making the park popular for walking and family outings.
Where is Pākōwhai Regional Park?
Pākōwhai Regional Park is located off Pakowhai Road, 5km north of Hastings, 12km from Napier. It is accessible by bike from the Hawke's Bay Trails. See google map below.
- Picnic Areas and Tables
- Walks and Tracks
- Dogs Permitted - free bags and bins available for dog waste
- Paved off street parking
Before you go
- Please take your rubbish away with you
- Lock your vehicle and take valuables with you
Want to know more about Pākōwhai Regional Park?
The park was developed in the former bed of the Ngaruroro River which was diverted 500 m north in a large flood protection project completed in 1969. The Raupere Stream now flows under the old river bridge near the entrance to the park. The park was created by The Landcare Foundation in the 1970s, with support from a group known as Friends of Pākōwhai Regional Park who still get involved in planting and other projects.
A walk through the park from the stopbank entrance serves as a memorial to Mr Doug Walker, who was Chairman of HBRC 1992-1996 when he led the development of much of the flood protection work on the Heretaunga Plains. A second pathway has been named for Eileen von Dadelszen QSM, a former Regional Councillor who, with husband Mark, was involved with the Friends of Pākōwhai who did a lot of the planting and pathway development in the early years.
Pākōwhai Country Park - A Brief History. A book about the park and its history is available for purchase from HBRC - $20.
Here is an interactive panaromic image of Pakowhai Regional Park by Tim Whittaker.