In 2004, some 1,269 hectares of land, largely comprising forestry and native bush in-between Tauranga and Rotorua, was purchased by Tauranga City Council and the Western Bay of Plenty District 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. An additional 381 hectares of land was then purchased jointly by the Councils in 2006, bringing the total area of land to 1,650 hectares.
The development, upkeep and running of the Park is the responsibility of the Western Bay District Council as lead agency, with ongoing financial and governance support shared 50/50 with Tauranga City Council.