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.
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.
Soon you have to cross Raupare Stream in order to continue west.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pakowhai Regional Park is a good place for a picnic or a short walk, especially if you have a dog.
Please enjoy the full gallery of 18 pictures below.