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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 - Pākōwhai, Pekapeka, Waitangi and Tūtira - 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 by foot or 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. 

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 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.

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.

Opening times

Our Regional Parks are open sunrise to sunset. Some river access points are locked at night to reduce vandalism and accidents.  Flooding and storm damage can also mean parts of parks and sections of the Trails are closed from time to time.  Please take note of all information signs in river areas.

Walking tracks at Tūtira 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, except for a section of the Water Ride near Bay View which is closed during lambing season. 

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. 

Care for parks

These are your regional parks and open spaces and we are sure you like parks that are clean, tidy, attractive and safe, so please respect these spaces. 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! 

  • It's easy to take your rubbish away and dispose of it correctly.
  • Check signs at entrances which include information on permitted activities and vehicle restrictions.
  • Vehicles are restricted in some areas to designated car park because of the damage they do to habitats and the open spaces environment.
  • Please feel able to report damage or rubbish dumping to us 24/7 on 0800 108 838.

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 +64 6 845 9236.

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

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