Freedom Camping Bylaw 2019
There are two designated areas of the Park, available for Freedom Camping, as highlighted in Schedule 2 of the Bylaw. Check out Council's interactive map of permitted freedom camping sites in the Western Bay of Plenty District.
- Public Facilities
- Off-leash dog exercise area.
- Walking, running, equestrian and mountain bike tracks.
- Picnic areas, BBQ and toilets.
- Arrival Centre available for hire.
- User Group Activities
- Shooting Sports.
- Lions Tree Grove with walking tracks.
- Adrenalin Forest - Commercial high wire adventure course
- 1,650 hectares, including forestry and native bush.
- Approximately 210 hectares are under a private forestry right and have restricted access controlled by forest managers PF Olsen and patrolled by ISCL Security Company.
- The 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 26 km up Pyes Pa Road (SH36). Turn left into Whataroa Road and 200 metres to the Park Arrival Centre.
- The Park is approximately 27km from Rotorua and 30km from Te Puke, up Te Matai Road.
- 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.
Did you know
- The Park is only open during daylight hours.
- Summer hours are 7am to 9pm, including Labour Weekend to Easter.
- Winter hours are 8am to 5pm.
- The Park Ranger lives on site but is on rostered duties - Please call 07 571 8008.
- The Park is Smoke Free 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 trees are owned by overseas investors.
- Long-tailed and shining cuckoos migrate here from the South Pacific Islands every summer.
- It costs about $5/m to build a mountain bike track with a small digger and operator.
- It costs about $500/m to build a gravel road.
- The Arrival Centre is built using six different locally grown tree species.
- The Park has it's own radio repeater and channels.
- There is no hunting of any kind allowed in the Park.
- The Park is split almost in half by SH36.
- The Park almost surrounds the Taumata Reserve - Department of Conservation Land.
- PF 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 remnant native forest.
- Don't worry about phone calls interrupting your visit - we have very limited phone coverage, although Park Management are investigating long term communication options.