The Franklin region has a new Regional Park opening today (8th March).
Today and tomorrow, the park is open for visitors to enjoy and has activities to take part in too – kite flying, mountain bike riding, walking tracks, swimming, golf discs and more. There are also food tents in case you get caught short without your own picnic!
…and if you want to check out the lay of the land before committing to any one area, take a shuttle trip in one of the shuttle vans and sit back to enjoy!
The Park has a fair bit of history, – having once been an explosives storage area –
The park land at Waitawa is of great importance to Maori as it is located upon a traditional boundary line between Te Urikaraka (Ngati Paoa) and Ngati Kohua (Ngai Tai / Te Waiohua). The area has a long and rich history of human occupation which is reflected in the numerous archaeological sites recorded on the parkland at Waitawa and the wider area. Sites of significance include Waitawa, Waipatukahu and Ruakakariki kainga, the inland kainga of Papaporutu, Oamio and Karioi the Pawhetau, Orakau, Mataitai, Koheruarahi and Kauri pa as well as cultivations at Te Aroaro.
It is really quite amazing what we have here on our doorstep!! so get along and visit the Park…it will be open to pedestrians all day from Monday 10th March and will be available to walk the tracks or bike them.
Well done to the Council and team of Park Rangers and others who have helped to get a wonderful place up and running!