Roll through summer at Western Bay’s skateparks
Calling all tamariki and rangatahi, the young and the not-so-young – we’ve got a skatepark for you.
With five skateparks and a skate pathway to choose from, you and your whānau can ollie, tic tac and kick turn your way across the Western Bay this summer.
Whether you’re on a skateboard, scooter, rollerblades or BMX bike, our skateparks are bound to give you a thrilling ride.
Here’s your guide to Western Bay’s super-duper skateparks:
In beachside Maketu, head along to the Maketu Sportsground, to ride the large bowl-shaped skatepark.
Featuring a quarter pipe, rails, ledges and banks, the park is a popular hangout for locals and visitors alike.
And after all the boarding, make sure you refuel with a magnificent and delicious Maketu pie.
Te Puke's designer skatepark opened in 2017 and has proved popular ever since, with skaters travelling from around the North Island to go for a ride.
Located in Jubilee Park, it’s got a whopping 626 square metres of track to zoom around. The skatepark joins up with some bleachers and a half basketball court, so you can kick back and watch the action or play some b’ball afterwards.
This summer Te Puke also has a new pop-up pump track that’s just literally, popped-up! The 65-metre-long track opened just before Christmas in Te Puke’s Donovan Park and is already proving popular.
Featuring a fibreglass, non-slip riding surface, the moveable track is designed with a series of humps and bends, so you can ride it with minimal pedalling. For riders of all abilities, it is the perfect track for bikes, scooters, skateboards and blades.
It’s fun, it’s fast and it’s a magnet for the fruit-loving community – that’s the formula for the skatepark in Moore Park, Katikati.
This modern skatepark has been extended over the years and now has plenty of street obstacles, with a wollie block, ledges, vert quarter pipe, rising quarter pipe and an innovative skate obstacle.
If you’re after a skatepark with a difference, then head to Western Avenue Sports Ground to ride the unique, popular and award-winning Ōmokoroa skatepath.
It’s different to a traditional skatepark as it’s designed as a dedicated recreational path for riders of all ages and abilities.
Its clever construction takes advantage of the natural landscape, so you can cruise the path in a one-way direction, from the top to the bottom of the slope. And you can bring the whole whānau along, as it’s accessible for wheelchairs and mobility scooters – win, win!
Plus, there are picnic tables and a great playground, complete with a dual flying fox, so your tamariki can race each other.
When you need a break from the surf, jump on a different kind of board to check out the skate park at the Waihī Beach Community Centre.
This popular established skatepark had a facelift a couple of years ago and has a new surface to ensure a smooth ride.
Wherever you choose to skate this summer, remember to wear your safety gear and stay hydrated. Happy skating!