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Kopurererua Valley Reserve Restoration

Puketoromiro Pa

Kopurererua Valley Reserve (the valley) is one of Tauranga’s largest reserves and provides a variety of different recreational and ecological experiences on your doorstep. 

It’s the only inner city reserve in Tauranga, covering 364 hectares.

Latest project update

Work is progressing well and currently ahead of schedule.

To date we’ve completed the following on the southern section of the river realignment:

  • Completion of the southern alignment river channel
  • Placement of logs secured with large concrete blocks in order to start the creation of native fish habitat
  • Creation of a new wetland area
  • Start of the riparian plantings.

We’re starting work on the northern section of the river realignment, and this will include:

  • Excavation of the northern alignment river channel
  • Installation of two bridges
  • Additional planting.

Cycling / walking detour

K Valley Walking

While the new cycle path is being created, a cycling/walking detour is in place from now until 30 June 2023. Please follow the detour. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.  

This new cycle path will:

  • Increase community access and connection to this special place 
  • Provide more access throughout the valley
  • Provide more links to adjoining road and cycling networks.


Where is the valley?

Kopurererua Valley Reserve is situated between residential neighbourhoods in Tauranga. Running from Judea in the north to Tauriko in the south, the valley is bordered by the neighbourhoods of Te Reti, Gate Pā, Greerton, Westridge and Cambridge Heights. 

Aerial image of the whole site (1.8mb pdf)

Kopurererua Valley was for many years inhabited by the people of Ngāi Tamarāwaho. Remains of the Puketoromiro Pā and other archaeological sites are located throughout the valley. During the 19th century, it was the staging point and retreat path of two significant battles between Māori and British Colonial forces.

The valley is sought after as a recreational and ecological habitat destination, with many visitors and users enjoying this precious natural inner-city jewel.  

K Valley Planting Day

Community planting day at Kopurererua Valley Reserve

Why is the valley unique to Tauranga?

  • An ecological icon with a promising future and recreation values.
  • A biodiversity area with a range of wildlife, where waterfowl, native birds and native fish species are increasing in numbers close to the city centre and surrounding urban environment. 
  • A transport thoroughfare, a cycle-friendly green route, alive with users and linking neighbourhoods together. 
  • Connection between the Bethlehem residential areas and the Te Papa Peninsula secondary and intermediate schools. 
  • School students able to cycle to school with very little contact with the roads.     

More information about the restoration


  • Construction programme kicks off for stage 2

    Early 2022
  • Riparian plantings starts

    June 2022
  • Channel opening finishes/restoring the path of Taurikura

    Early 2023
  • Construction finishes for stage 2 (new cycle trail and wetland)

    April 2023
  • Majority of riparian plantings taking place

    Throughout 2023 and 2024

We’re partnering with

Bay of Plenty Regional Council logo

Bay of Plenty Regional Council

Thriving together, Mō te taiao, mō ngā tāngata

Our work guides and supports the region’s sustainable development and is focused around four community outcomes: a healthy environment, freshwater for life, safe and resilient communities and a vibrant region. 

We’re partnering with

Ngāi Tamarāwaho logo

Ngāi Tamarāwaho

Ngāi Tamarāwaho is a hapu of Takitimu and Ngāti Ranginui origin.

The hapū’s ancestors arrived on the Takitimu waka, living and settling in Tauranga in the Bay of Plenty hundreds of years ago. Ngāi Tamarāwaho brings a particular cultural perspective to management of its land and environment. The hapū is acutely aware of its kaitiaki obligations for the land and waters within its rohe.

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