When we won our wardrobe on Trade Me, we decided to make a day of going to Tauranga to pick it up. Our first stop was the Te Puna Quarry Park, west of Tauranga. The Te Puna Quarry Park is an old closed down quarry made into a park. It is amazing! and it is free.
Rock from this quarry was used to make roads and breakwaters, as well as other things. Over the fifty years of operation, more than half a million tons of rock was removed from the quarry. The quarry was closed in 1989 and slowly made into a park, which officially opened in 2000.
There are different areas in the park, each with a different theme and type of plant. My favorite is the orchids. I do like orchids, though I rarely get to see them. In Mexico, we considered buying a place in Michoacan which had orchids growing right in trees in the yard. But that story was told elsewhere in this website.
Anyway, as I say, this place is amazing. There are several foot paths through the quarry park, and as you walk along, there is beauty all around. Colorful plants, singing birds, and art created from wood, steel, and pottery. There are benches in many places, so that you can sit to enjoy the ambiance or the view or merely to rest.
Te Puna Quarry Park is well worth a stop if you are in the Tauranga area, and even if you’re not nearby, it is worth a trip if you enjoy native and ornamental plants and artwork, or if you simply want to have an enjoyable tramp.