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“A beautiful creation” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Te Puna Quarry Park

Te Puna Quarry Park
State Highway 2 | Te Puna, New Zealand
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Whangarei, NZ
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“A beautiful creation”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2012

In 1979 quarrying ceased in this area and a few years later the Te Puna Quarry Park Society was formed. Planting began in 1997 and today, as a result of volunteer labour, Tauranga now has this lovely tranquil garden on its doorstep for everyone to enjoy free of charge. On a stunning Autumn day, we walked part of the main circular track , for the moderately fit, the pamphlet states, but it’s very easy walking and there are lots of resting places. My favourite exhibit was the Butterfly Terrace, which is under the guidance of the Monarch Butterfly Trust. There were hundreds of crysalises waiting to hatch, lots of butterflies just emerging from their crysalises and dozens of mature butterflies flitting around their very own garden. This is just one of many specialist gardens. So if you have a spare couple of hours on a nice sunny day, take a picnic lunch and stop at the Te Puna Quarry Park – if you’re a garden buff, I’m sure you won’t regret it.

Visited April 2012
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“Great vistas out to the Bay of Plenty and Mt Maunganui”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2011

This park, just 2kms off the main road from Auckland-Tauranga, showcases a wide variety of native and exotic plants on what was once a quarry site. All planted and tended by volunteers. Entry is free, with donations welcome of course.
There's an easy flat walk around the lower levels, and a more strenuous uphill circuit which provides great vistas right out to the Bay of Plenty and beyond. There are also interesting views of the very attractive surrounding kiwi fruit farms.
Scattered around the park are some quirky and interesting sculptures by various Kiwi artists.
A great place to break your journey for an hour or so.

Visited March 2011
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