Papamoa Hills offers a walk with unbelievable views once you have reached the top. With the walk beginning from the carpark, this track leads you through pine forests, native bush and across open farmland along the way.
It’ll take you about 45 minutes to complete this steep walk from the carpark to the trig station but the views are definitely worth the effort. Once at the top, you will be standing 234m above sea level. You will experience breathtaking views overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Papamoa and right along the coastline from Mount Maunganui to Whakatane.
There are several other tracks which allow you to explore the cultural heritage of the park and make the most of the expansive views, with most tracks leading you to each of the six pa sites within the Park boundary.
Good footwear is recommended as well as a reasonable level of fitness. Most tracks are well formed and easy to move along. Don’t forget to use sunscreen and wear a hat, particularly through the summer time. The park is also an operational farm, so please leave any gates the way you found them.
Entry to the Papamoa Hills is at the end of Poplar Lane off SH2 between Papamoa and Te Puke. More information about the different walking trails can be found on a display board at the Poplar Lane carpark.
This is a wonderful place and walk for people of all ages to explore. The Papamoa Hills Regional Park is open daily from 6:30 am until 7 pm in winter and until 9 pm in summer.