Te Mata Park is a favourite of young and old, locals and out-of-town visitors, serious fitness enthusiasts and those who enjoy less strenuous walks and outings – more than 200,000 people visit the Park every year. The Main Gates to Te Mata Park are located on Te Mata Peak Road, Havelock North and all visitors are able to drive to the summit of Te Mata Peak. There is also a pedestrian entrance to the Park at the end of Tauroa Road, Havelock North.
[Driving directions from Havelock North]
Drive to the Top – A ‘rite of passage’ for local residents and visitors alike, the drive up Te Mata Peak is a real thrill and the views from the top are amazing. Watch out for sheep, walkers and tight bends on your way up to the top car park. From the trig point at the summit, the 360 degree views take in the beautiful Heretaunga Plains, the Ruahine and Kaweka Ranges, and on a clear day you can see as far as Mount Ruapehu. [Please note that the upper section of Te Mata Peak Road above the Peak restaurant is closed to vehicles between 10pm and 5.30am every day.]
Picnics – There are lots of fantastic picnic spots in the Park – one of the favourites is the Big Redwoods. Planted in 1927 this large grove of 223 magnificent trees now towers over 40 metres. There is a picnic table in the Redwoods and we do ask visitors to take all rubbish with them as there are no bins at the Redwoods. Bins are provided at the main carpark and at the summit.
Walking Tracks – Enjoyed every day by hundreds of walkers and joggers, Te Mata Park has an extensive network of well-formed tracks that provide varied landscapes, views and gradients. In March 2014, the Trust launched the Top 5 Walking Tracks which provide a variety of options to explore some spectacular areas of the Park on foot.
Dogs – Dogs are very welcome in the Park and it is an off-lead area. We ask that owners always have a lead with them as there are areas of the Park where sheep are grazed and dogs must be controlled around stock. We also ask that you pick up your dog’s ‘deposits’, so please have poo bags at the ready.
Mountain Biking – The Park is a great place for mountain bikers and has several tracks regularly used by bikers. As part of the Top 5 Tracks project, the mountain biking tracks in the Park will also be more clearly defined and marked for local users. For local club information contact:
Bennelong Mountain Bike Club – a friendly group of recreational bikers with an emphasis on having fun together, all levels of skill and experience are welcomed;
Hawke’s Bay Mountain Bike Club, New Zealand’s largest club.
Road Cycling – Cycling up the road to the summit offers an accessible local hill climb for a serious workout. Contact Ramblers Cycling Club.
Orienteering – This sport is very popular in Hawke’s Bay, and the local club has over 300 members. Orienteering is a sport of both mental and physical challenge, enjoyed by all ages and fitness levels. Te Mata Park is a favourite location for events and Hawke’s Bay Orienteering is an active club with an informative website.
Hang Gliding & Paragliding – Gliders have been flying from Te Mata Peak for more than 30 years. The sea breeze and summer thermals make it a prime soaring site, well known among New Zealand foot launched flyers (see Soar Hawke’s Bay).
Geocaching –A fast-growing outdoor sport which combines aspects of treasure hunting, high-tech navigation and exploration. Te Mata Park has several geocaches in it, see the global geoaching website if you want to start searching.
Check out the Hawke’s Bay Tourism website listing here.