Introduction

Located beneath the gaze of Mt. Pureora-o-Kahu is Pa Harakeke, a haven for visitors to this outdoor adventure region where visitors are either Trampers walking the Te Araroa Trail, Mountain bikers cycling the Timber Trail, Mountaineers climbing Mt. Pureora o Kahu or Nature lovers walking in the pristine Pureora Forest listening to the sounds of the Kokako, kaka, Tui and Robins.

Pa Harakeke is open 7 days a week during summer and 5 days for the remainder of the year. Our friendly and experienced staff are locals, and are eager to assist those who venture into our neck of the woods and are perhaps in need of sustenance, shelter, transport or information. Pa Harakeke first opened to visitors in March 2009 with humble beginnings but now offers visitors a comprehensive range of services and amenities including:

  • Food and Beverages from our Coffee Bar
  • Quality 2 bedroom Chalet Accommodation. 2 chalets. 1 with disabled access. Fully serviced
  • Shuttle Transport for people, bikes and baggage along the Timber Trail
  • Mountain Bike Hire
  • Secure Overnight Storage for Vehicles
  • Pop over Parking facility for self contained campervans and Motor homes
  • Gift Shop with many locally produced goods
  • Conference Meeting Room facility
  • Harakeke Gallery showcasing harakeke products, local legends and history
  • Maori Pa with defensive fortifications – pre- 1800
  • Eco-Tree Planting with native trees selected from the Native Plant Nursery
  • Guided Tours – Including the Pa Harakeke Eco-Cultural Tour plus Mountain, Native Bush and Cycling tours

Pa Harakeke will also soon have an additional role and that is as a Ginseng Processing Centre. Wild simulated ginseng is being grown as a commercial crop under pine tree canopy in nearby forests and when harvesting commences the wild simulated ginseng will be processed and packaged at Pa Harakeke ready for export and also for sale locally.

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