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Ōtūmoetai me Mātua whenua rāhui

Otumoetai and Matua reserves

A popular picnic and paddling area with views of the inner harbour, Rangiwaea and Matakana Island.

Update – Beach Road walkway improvements (Tuesday, 30 January)

Crews will be working on the Beach Road walkway to improve safety for cyclists and walkers by levelling a portion of concrete path which has become uneven.

To complete this work safely and efficiently, a portion of walkway between Woods Avenue and Otumoetai Road will be closed. Signage is in place to advise walkway users of the upcoming closure.

Works include lifting the concrete path, trimming tree roots and relaying the path. It’s expected works will be complete the same day as the closure (weather permitting).

 

Otumoetai and matua reserves map

Otumoetai and Matua Reserves walkways map (167kb pdf)

Walking time:
Maxwells Rd to Kulim Park: 15 mins
Kulim Park to Beach Rd Reserve: 10 mins
Beach Rd Reserve to Fergusson Park: 15 mins
Matua Saltmarsh: 15 mins

New addition to Papahenga - Matua Saltmarsh walkway

A new 200-metre boardwalk from Elmes Reserve to Bay Street has been added, completing the walkway around Papahenga - Matua Saltmarsh from Carlton Reserve to Bay Street Reserve.

Read more about the boardwalk and the saltmarsh.

The walkway extends from Carlton Reserve to Bay Street Reserve.

The walkway extends from Carlton Reserve to Bay Street Reserve.

Piles for the boardwalk were helicoptered onto the site and the design considered the impact on the native vegetation.

Piles for the boardwalk were helicoptered onto the site and the design considered the impact on the native vegetation.

Papahenga - Matua Saltmarsh is a 21-hectare coastal wetland which helps enrich the quality of our harbour, protects our coast from erosion and provides a habitat for many species of plants, fish and birds, including the banded rail and North Island fernbird.

The new boardwalk was blessed by representatives from one of the local hapū, Ngāi Tūkairangi, and the opening marked with the planting of a native Rimu tree.

Related information

Information on Walking tracks in the Western Bay of Plenty District

For information on joining a walking group in your area go to the City on its Feet

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