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Papamoa Hills Cultural Heritage Regional Park

Note: The park reopened on June 3, 2017 after being closed since October, 2016 for pine tree harvesting.

New photos taken after the re-opening at the end of the post.
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The Papamoa Hills Cultural Heritage Regional Park near Tauranga was opened in 2004 as the first regional park outside the Auckland and Wellington regions. It contains a number of early Maori pa sites within a small area, with ditches, middens, and terracing on the hillsides.

The main walkway starts by a carpark at the end of Poplar Lane, off SH2 between Tauranga and Te Puke, and ascends through radiata pine forest to open farmland, and the pa at highest point in the park. There are walkways to other pa sites, and to the Summerhill mountain biking tracks.

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