Te Mata Park
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Lynda B
By Lynda B
What a view
5.0 of 5 bubblesOct 2021
We stayed in Havelock North for six days in mid October. We really enjoy staying in this area, and love spending time at the top of Te Mata Peak. We spent time up Te Mata Peak on two separate days. The first day we were up there by 9.30am, parking up at the summit carpark with our thermos and lunch, and our dog. The weather was absolutely stunning, blue sky with literally not a cloud in sight. For the first time we could clearly see Mt Ruapehu, covered in snow. We could also see the tip of Mt Ngauruhoe a bit to the right of Ruapehu. We stayed at the summit for about six hours. The view was absolutely stunning. There were several hang gliders flying around, taking off from the summit, which was very exciting. The second day we spent about four hours at the summit. There was a bit of cloud on the mountains in the distance, but it was still a lovely day. My only criticism would be that there are no toilets at the summit. However I do understand that it would be difficult to get the water supply up there. They would probably get vandalised as well. It was great to see so many people enjoying the park either running, walking, or mountain biking. The Council have done a great job of putting toilets, seats and shade at the bottom of the Peak for the public to use. They’ve also done a great job of putting in trails for the public to use, be it on two legs or two wheels. I didn’t have to pick up the dog’s deposits as he’s actually artificial, but very realistic looking. $80 from Mitre10 and very cheap maintenance costs. It’s a bit like the fad years ago with garden gnomes…we take him everywhere with us. He’s a great conversation starter!

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Paul B
Chesterfield, UK1,673 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
A number of great well signposted walks around this area. We followed the route to the giant redwoods which was a lovely 50 minute round walk from the main car park. Recommended
Written 13 September 2022
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Lynda B
Wellington, New Zealand1,217 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
We stayed in Havelock North for six days in mid October. We really enjoy staying in this area, and love spending time at the top of Te Mata Peak.

We spent time up Te Mata Peak on two separate days.

The first day we were up there by 9.30am, parking up at the summit carpark with our thermos and lunch, and our dog. The weather was absolutely stunning, blue sky with literally not a cloud in sight.

For the first time we could clearly see Mt Ruapehu, covered in snow. We could also see the tip of Mt Ngauruhoe a bit to the right of Ruapehu. We stayed at the summit for about six hours. The view was absolutely stunning. There were several hang gliders flying around, taking off from the summit, which was very exciting.

The second day we spent about four hours at the summit. There was a bit of cloud on the mountains in the distance, but it was still a lovely day.

My only criticism would be that there are no toilets at the summit. However I do understand that it would be difficult to get the water supply up there. They would probably get vandalised as well.

It was great to see so many people enjoying the park either running, walking, or mountain biking. The Council have done a great job of putting toilets, seats and shade at the bottom of the Peak for the public to use. They’ve also done a great job of putting in trails for the public to use, be it on two legs or two wheels.

I didn’t have to pick up the dog’s deposits as he’s actually artificial, but very realistic looking. $80 from Mitre10 and very cheap maintenance costs. It’s a bit like the fad years ago with garden gnomes…we take him everywhere with us. He’s a great conversation starter!
Written 24 October 2021
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Smw
17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Spectacular setting for first view. Wedding party formalities pre wedding in a very dramatic landscape.
Written 4 October 2021
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Lois G
Auckland, New Zealand554 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
Drive to the top of Craggy Range for wonderful view down into vineyards and the sea.The views are magnificent especially on a sunny day.
Written 5 May 2021
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Jill Jones
Kerikeri, New Zealand455 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
A windy day but so spectacular. We drove right to the summit and the view 360o was so beautiful.
We had coffee and a snack at the cafe...also lovely.
Written 20 November 2020
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Bea T
Wellington, New Zealand399 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Not often an look out point is so easy accessible. You can drive all the way to the top. It is very well sign posted. There are lots of walks too, but we did not have the time this time.
Written 10 November 2020
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mikenz2015
Auckland Central, New Zealand520 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Well worth your time to take the detour up to the top of Te Mata. The views are spectacular and we had the added bonus of watching the paragliders floating by that day as well.
Written 19 October 2020
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Kate L
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Loved it - what an amazing place. Beautiful weather, great to be able to walk to drive to the summit.
Written 28 August 2020
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batchhen2017
Timaru, New Zealand94 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
So worth the drive up a narrow road, with amazing views 360 degrees to hils river sea of Hawkes Bay coast. Its mountain bike heaven with many different levels of tracks. Not for the faint hearted ! And paragliding is done off the top too..
Written 22 August 2020
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Nigel B
Whangaroa, New Zealand559 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
Took it easy and drove to the top car park and though blustery the views in all directions magnificent
Well worth the effort
N/E
Written 22 July 2020
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