Pākōwhai Regional Park
Enjoy a country walk ...
Pākōwhai is an attractive country-style park close to Hastings and an easy drive from Napier.
Known locally as 'The Dog Park', dogs are welcome off-lead but must be under the control of their owners. An agility course for dogs is in the centre of the park. This space offers an opportunity for dogs to explore, socialise and play together in an open environment. We'd prefer you bring your own bags, but in case you forget there are free bags for dog waste and bins throughout the park.
The Raupare Stream flows through the park and is crossed by small bridges connecting the approximately two kilometres of easy paths. Note that some pathways may be difficult (steep, rough) for prams and wheelchairs.
Many specimen trees, a pine plantation and open grass areas make the park popular for walking and family outings. Look for the carved seats in the pine plantation - talented contractors made the most of storm-blown trees.
Look for the Hawke's Bay Regional Parks and Open Spaces brochure at i-sites and other visitor centres.
Where is Pākōwhai Regional Park?
By car - off Pakowhai Road, 5km north of Hastings, 12km from Napier.
By bike - the Hawke's Bay Trails connects with the park. See the Google map below.
Note: roadworks to construct a new road and roundabout outside the park is progressing and will change the entry to the park. Please take care and pay attention to signs.
- Paved off street parking, where there is often a mobile cafe
- Picnic areas and tables
- Composting toilet
- Walks and Tracks
- Dogs Permitted - free bags and bins available for dog waste.
- Plus "Paws at Pakowhai" a fun event for dogs who walk in the park - 9 - 11am, Saturday 10 March 2018.
- Please take your rubbish away with you
- Always lock your vehicle and take valuables with you.
About the 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 Raupare Stream now flows under the old river bridge near the entrance to the park. The park was originally called a 'country park' and was created by the Landcare Foundation in the 1970s, with support the Friends of Pākōwhai Regional Park group who did a lot of the planting and pathway development in the early years.
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 Mrs Eileen von Dadelszen QSM, a former Regional Councillor who, with husband Mark, was involved with the Friends of Pākōwhai who helped with park development.
Pākōwhai Regional Park is on the Heritage Trail.
Pākōwhai Country Park: A Brief History - this book is available for purchase from HBRC - $20.
View this interactive panaromic image of Pakowhai Regional Park by Tim Whittaker.