All Terrain TECT Park
Quick Fact:

27km to Rotorua and 30km to Te Puke

Quick facts

Land area

  • The TECT All Terrain Park includes some 1,650 hectares of land, currently comprising forestry and native bush.
  • Approximately 210 hectares are under a private forestry right and have restricted access controlled by forest managers P F Olsen and patrolled by ISCL Security Company.

Location

  • The TECT All Terrain Park is situated off State Highway 36 (SH36), the main road link between Tauranga and Rotorua.
  • From Tauranga’s Barkes Corner roundabout (intersection of SH29 and SH36), heading towards Rotorua, the Park is approximately 26km up Pyes Pa Road (SH36).  Turn left into Whataroa Road and 200 metres to the Park Arrival Centre. 
  • The Park entrance is 486m above sea level and the highest point is 570m.
  • The Park GPS coordinates are S 37° 56.764 E 176° 09.111     UTM: 60H E 425479 N 5799829.
  • The Park is 27km from Rotorua and 30km up Te Matai Road from Te Puke.

Activities

  • TECT All Terrain Park is home to a number of recreational activities including: walking, mountain biking, horse-riding, and area for exercising dogs off-leash, motorcycling, target shooting, model aircraft flying, motorsports, four wheel drive and access to the Adrenalin Forest high wire adventure course.
  • The Park will continue to be opened up over the next 20 years to cater for a growing range of active and passive recreational pursuits.

Did you know?

  • The Park main gate is closed at night and opened in daylight hours only.  Summer hours are from 7am to 9pm, including Labour Weekend to Easter.  Winter hours are from 8am to 5pm.
  • No one is on duty after hours but there is an after hour information service 07 571 8008.
  • The Park Ranger lives on site.
  • The Park is a SmokeFree zone and dogs must be kept on a leash, unless being exercised in the off-leash dog exercise area.
  • One quarter of the Park’s standing pine trees are owned by overseas investors.
  • Long-tailed and shinning cuckoos migrate here from South Pacific Islands every summer.
  • It costs about $5/metre to build a mountain bike track with a small digger and operator.
  • It costs about $500/metre to build a gravel road.
  • The arrival centre is built using six different locally grown tree species.
  • The Park has its own radio repeater and channels.
  • There is no hunting of any kind allowed in the Park.
  • The Park is split almost in half by SH 36 (Pyes Pa Road).
  • The Park almost surrounds Taumata Reserve (DOC).
  • P F Olsen manages and maintains security over 700 hectares of pine plantation in the Park.  Permits may be required to enter these forestry cutting rights areas.
  • All streams in the Park flow north into the Bay of Plenty.
  • 2.5 million people live within 2.5 hours drive of the Park.
  • Native bats live in the remnant native forest.
  • Don’t worry about phone calls interrupting your visit – we have very limited cell phone coverage.

Staged park development

Phase One - 2007 and 2008: This phase was effectively the design phase which included the development (Structure Plan) for the Park.  The plan provided the blueprint for future development.  Founding user groups created plans for their individual activities.

Phase Two - 2008 -2011: Staged development and opening of the Park.  A staged development plan was created to ensure various areas of the Park will grow to cater for a range of active and passive recreational activities.  The Park was officially opened in December 2010.

Phase Three - 2011 onward: A range of activities are planned including possible hosting of national and international events.  Tourism operators are also expected to develop facilities.