Mangati/Hickford Park Walkways


Te Rewa Rewa
Ngati Tawhirikura hapu have mana whenua over this historic site and surrounding area. Their lands were strategically chosen to provide a good defence mechanism with well sited lookout points to see approaching enemy, access to an array of food-gathering places, and large flat areas for cultivation.

On 6 June 1887 a Crown grant was issued for 504 acres, three rods and 36 perches, known as Katere or Waiwhakaiho Native reserve, to members of the Ngati Tawhirikura hapu. A certificate was issued some 17 years later to the Public Trustee who administered native reserves under section 8 of the Native Reserves Act 1882.

In 1905, just under 80 acres of Katere Reserve containing the historic Rewa Rewa Pa and urupa were compulsory acquired through the Public Works Act 1905 for a rifle range. On 4 June 2007, a joint partnership for Te Rewa Rewa between New Plymouth District Council and Tawhirikura Hapu Trust was signed.

Hickford Park
The coastal portion of the reserve is made up of expansive vegetative dunes which increase in size and height to the east.
The undeveloped mown pathway that runs along the foreshore provides access to the rocky beach. Also found at this location are spring-fed wetlands at Waipu Lagoons and the artificial wetlands at the former oxidation ponds, both of which provide habitat for a number of bird and animal species. The area is one of the few remaining natural wetlands in Taranaki.The Department of Conservation has listed Waipu Lagoons as a protected natural area because of their wildlife values.
The reserve is also of historic and cultural significance to Puketapu hapu, which is within the tribal rohe (boundary) of Te Atiawa iwi.

A mown and sealed pathway follows the Mangati Stream as it winds from Bell Block Beach, through a residential area to Parklands Ave, and now connects through to De Havilland Drive. In 2011 this walkway was extended to the Bell Block industrial area.

Bell Block Beach
This beach provides access for water-based activities, including boat launching. Toilets are available, dogs are permitted on this pathway and there is free parking.

For further information contact New Plymouth i-SITE Visitor Centre,

Contact Details

Physical Address

Wanaka Terrace, New Plymouth, Taranaki