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Last modified: 15 Nov 2022 8:51pm

Looking across Kakaha Park shownig a raised undulating wooden bike track along the edge of a grass fieldBring your dog, bring your bike and come ready to have fun at our newest park.

Kakaha Park, in Prebbleton is opening its first stage on 26 November with a special opening activity day.

Starting from 10am people are invited to hop on their bike and try out the awesome new snake run and be among the first to enjoy the new trails around the park.

Then from midday dog owners are invited to bring down their fluffy friends to enjoy the district’s latest dog exercise area.

Throughout the day there will be music, lawn games and tours of the park by the Council team, talking through key features and the future development of the park.

The main carpark will not be open at this time, so why not, bike or walk to the park. Follow the rail trail along Birchs Road, that runs between Prebbleton and Lincoln. Access to the park is from Leadleys Road at the Birchs Road end.

Along with bike trails, sports grounds and the new dog park, the first stage of the park will include a mini playground. The further stages will see a changing room and car parking opening next year, followed by more off-road bike trails, a water way and large areas of native planting over the next five years.

The name Kakaha Park has been gifted by Te Taumutu Rūnanga and Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri Rūnanga for the 22 hectare park. Kakaha is the Māori word for Astelia fragrans or bush lily – a native flax-like plant often used for weaving.

There is evidence of kakaha on Kā Pākihi Whakatekateka o Waitaha, the Canterbury Plains before European settlement, while the name also reflects the park’s location in the network of mahika kai (food gathering) sites on the plains. All planting in the park will be native plants.