Pakowhai Regional Park

Pakowhai Regional Park, The Dog Park

Pakowhai Regional Park is referred to as a country-style park. It is located near Hastings on either side of Raupare Stream. Ngaruroro River flows along its northern border. There are about 2km of easy walking tracks, open grassy areas, and a lot of interesting trees.

West from the car park - Pakowhai
West from the car park

The park was built in the bed where Ngaruroro River once flowed. The river was moved in 1969 as part of a flood control plan. Flood control features are easily recognized, such as the high banks. In places willow trees were planted to reinforce the banks.

From the car park the tracks follows Raupare Stream at varying distances.

Raupare Stream - Pakowhai
Raupare Stream

Soon you have to cross Raupare Stream in order to continue west.

Raupare Stream - Pakowhai
Raupare Stream

The park continues some distance to the west. A track along the river continues much further. I turned east instead. In the picture below you can see the Ngaruroro River and a track along the top of a stop bank.

Ngaruroro River - Pakowhai
Ngaruroro River

The park ends at the Pakowhai Road bridge over the Ngaruroro River. I was drawn to the graffiti and burned out car beneath the bridge.

Bridge over Ngaruroro River
Bridge over Ngaruroro River
Bridge over Ngaruroro River
Bridge over Ngaruroro River
Bridge over Ngaruroro River
Bridge over Ngaruroro River

The track continues a great distance to the east as well. I have a half-baked plan to follow this path to the pacific coast, and then to Napier.

This park is known to locals as The Dog Park, and it’s obvious that dog walking is a very popular use for the park.

The Dog Park - Pakowhai
The Dog Park

In the picture below you can see the long narrow island in the middle of Raupare Stream. There are bridges to the island and a track along much of its length.

Raupare Stream
Raupare Stream

Pakowhai Regional Park is a good place for a picnic or a short walk, especially if you have a dog.

Pakowhai Regional Park
Pakowhai Regional Park

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