Work is well underway to transform the 1,650 hectares of pine forest into a giant outdoor adventure playground called the TECT All Terrain Park. The park aims to bring adventure, excitement, leisure and learning to all those who visit.
In 2004, this diverse and naturally rich area of 1,269 hectares of land, largely comprising forestry and native bush in between Tauranga and Rotorua, was purchased by the Western Bay of Plenty District Council and Tauranga City Council with the support of naming rights sponsor TECT (Tauranga Energy Consumer Trust). Bay Trust provided initial loan facilities to councils for the capital purchase of the proposed park, and then an additional 381 hectares of land was bought by the councils in 2006, bringing the total area of land to 1,650 hectares.
Initial construction activities began in 2008, with stage one opening to the public following a ceremony in December 2010. Invited guests, representatives of Tauranga City and Western Bay District councils, the Tauranga Energy Consumer Trust (TECT), tangata whenua and the many user groups and individuals who had contributed to the park’s development conducted a mass ribbon cutting, which marked the official opening of the Arrival Centre. A discovery day followed with an invitation to the wider public to explore all the park has to offer.
The rest of the staged development plan is now well on the way, an approach that means different areas of the park will grow to cater for a range of active and passive recreational activities including mountain biking, rallying, motocross, firearm sports, 4×4, equestrian, tramping and orienteering.
Park management is working closely with potential users from these groups to ensure their needs are built into the exciting development plans for the park. If you, your organisation or club is keen to get involved and make a mark in the TECT All Terrain Park, please get in touch.
Public demand for an outdoor area to cater for the diversity of the sports in the region has long been acknowledged. Since the late 1990s, the Western Bay of Plenty District Council has been investigating several larger landholdings in the district before deciding on the present site.
Tauranga currently has a population of 120,000 people, but the projected population growth in the sub-region is 218,000 by 2026 and 289,000 by 2051, accentuating the importance of developing a unique recreational venue in the area.
The TECT All Terrain Park is set to be of national significance and of international standard, with the potential to bring economic benefits to the region, as well as fun and adventure.
The site consists primarily of exotic forestry plantations and areas of native regeneration where recent cutting has occurred. The existing pine plantations are under a cutting right and have restricted access due to forestry activities including logging, road works, movement of logging trucks and other forestry vehicles.
A mixed contour of relatively flat and undulating land, along with a number of steep gullies, characterises the area. Ownership around the park is a mix of private farmland, forestry and Department of Conservation. The park is within a kilometre of the city watershed that stretches north across 27,000 hectares of regenerating bush all the way down to the edge of the city.
The park’s 1,650 hectares is a rich and diverse area of land, mainly consisting of forestry and bush, and lies at the centre of a bustling region.
Situated off State Highway 36, Mangatoi Road forms part of the northern border of the park, with the south-western boundary being made up of the Ohaupara Stream and Department of Conservation estate. Pyes Pa Road (SH36) bisects the park and Te Matai, Whataroa and Ngawaro Roads run east through parts of the park.