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.
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.