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Pākōwhai Regional ParkTe papa rēhia ā-rohe o Pākōwhai

This country-style park is designed to provide a rural reserve close to urban areas. Its handy location is close to Hastings and an easy drive from Napier. The smallest of our regional parks, but arguably the most popular, it’s a great place for the whole family, especially the four-legged ones.

Enjoy a country walk


Known locally as 'The Dog Park', this space offers a great place for dogs to explore, socialise and play together in an open environment. An agility course for dogs is in the centre of 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.

About the park

Originally established in 1973, it boasts a mixture of mature and newly planted trees, open grass spaces, wetlands, and stop banks. Small bridges connect the beautifully maintained paths and tracks to cross the Raupare stream which flows between.

The stream flows along the former Ngaruroro River course. The old river course was modified with the Raupare stream straightened and deepened to improve drainage. The Heretaunga Plains Flood Control Scheme was a part of this improvement which allowed for the water flow to be sped up so high volumes of water can now pass through the area quickly and efficiently.

This prevents extreme weather events from devastating the land. Now the stream is spring fed and the perfect breeding area for fish and trout.

Pākōwhai Country Park: A Brief History - this book is available for purchase from the Regional Council here.

Where is Pākōwhai Regional Park?

By car - off Pakowhai Road, 5km north of Hastings, 12km from Napier. Access is off a two-lane roundabout - please take care to be in the outside lane to access safely.

By bike - the Hawke's Bay Trails connects with the park.  See the Google map below.


  • Dog owners: There are karaka trees throughout the park which produce toxic berries between January - April. These berries are highly toxic to animals if eaten. Park users are responsible for keeping dogs under full control to avoid accidental poisoning which can lead to toxic shock or death.
  • Please take your rubbish away with you.
  • Always lock your vehicle and take valuables with you.


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  • Paved off street parking, where there is often a mobile cafe
  • Picnic areas and tables
  • Composting toilet
  • Water
  • Walks and Tracks
  • Heritage Trails site - Farndon Heritage Trail.
  • Dogs Permitted - free bags and bins available for dog waste. 

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Pakowhai Regional Park Map

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