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Destination Outdoors Bay of Plenty was developed by the Department of Conservation (Bay of Plenty Conservancy) with the assistance of Environment Bay of Plenty's Environmental Enhancement Fund.


Destination Outdoors BOP

Destination Outdoors is designed to be an all in one guide to the key outdoor destinations in the Bay of Plenty. It includes sites managed by a number of organisations within the Bay of Plenty including the Department of Conservation, district and city councils and forestry companies.

Destination Outdoors is a map and website for both residents and visitors, which provides information about a range of recreational opportunities in a variety of different locations, including coastal, lakes and geothermal, urban and rural, and back country environments.


Information provided includes how to get to sites and what you can do when you are there, information about special features of the site and where you can go to get more information.

Destination Outdoors is also available as a large colour map. The map shows numbered sites and provides a summary of information about each of the sites on the reverse. The map is available at information centres, Department of Conservation offices and council offices through out the Bay of Plenty.


The Name

The name, Destination Outdoors, suggests a journey to and arrival at the outdoors. It was chosen as it reflects the recreational, environmental and educational journeys which can be taken at the destinations.

This project allows you to display these items via a search word, by the five main themes of the region (Urban-Rural, Kaimai Mamuku, Whirinaki Forest, Lakes and Geothermal, Coastal), by lots of categories, by the standard internationaly recognised icons or via a regional map.

Papamoa Hills Regional Park

How to Get There?
The park is located about 20km from Tauranga. From Tauranga or Mount Maunganui, head south on State Highway 2 towards Te Puke. Turn right into Poplar Lane. The parking area is 800m off the main highway on your right. From Te Puke, head north for about 5km before turning left into Poplar Lane.

The regional park opens at 7.30am and closes at 6pm in winter (Easter to Labour Weekend) and 8.30pm in summer. Please note the carpark is locked each evening. Toilets are available in the parking area.

Please remebmer

Some tracks in the park are steep and weather can change quickly. Make sure you wear suitable clothing and shoes and have a reasonable level of fitness. Due to the archaeological significance of the land, activities such as horse riding, motor biking and mountain biking are not permitted.