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Tareha Recreational Reserve

Toilets and Taradale Rugby Clubrooms at Tareha Recreational Reserve.A "strategic sportsground", this 15ha reserve has been developed to met the demand arising from further urban growth in the west of the city.

  • Touch Rugby Fields (16)
  • Softball Diamond (1)
  • Junior Softball

The park caters for rugby, touch, softball and football. Provision for softball includes an enclosed "skin" diamond.

Tareha Recreational Reserve includes a children's playground, which is sited next to the Taradale Rugby and Sports Club's headquarters comprising clubrooms, changing rooms and toilet facilities.


Originally set aside as a Crown reserve in 1917 as part of a soil conservation and river control reserve for the Tutaekuri River, the land was cut off from the riverbed by the construction of the stopbank in 1970. Its ownership passed from the Hawke's Bay Catchment Board to the Hawke's Bay Regional Council, and during this period it was used as a nursery and for grazing stock.

In 1992, the Taradale Rugby Club approached the regional council looking to lease the area for playing fields. The negotiations that followed saw the transfer of the land to Napier City to be developed as a recreation reserve for the rapidly expanding urban area of Taradale-Greenmeadows.

The park's name commemorates an outstanding Maori figure involved in the early affairs of the area.

In 1824, Tareha survived a massacre at the Battle of Te Pakake near the Iron Pot in Ahuriri. He was later recognised as one of the five principal chiefs of Heretaunga after the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. A great supporter of the Government, he left a legacy of goodwill between Maori and European settlers, and his cooperation ensured the progress of Napier as we know it today.

Tareha Recreational Reserve Images

Entrance to Tareha Recreational Reserve. Looking at Tareha Recreational Reserve fields from the road. Looking down the main driveway into Tareha Recreational Reserve. Pathway leading to Tareha Recreational Reserve.  Softball diamond at Tareha Recreational Reserve. Close up view of the softball diamond at Tareha Recreational Reserve. Clubrooms at Tareha Recreational Reserve. Carpark behind the rugby clubrooms at Tareha Recreational Reserve.

Tareha Recreation Reserve Summer Field Layout

Guppy Road, Taradale. Standard summer field layout for Tareha Recreational Reserve.

Tareha Recreation Reserve Winter Field Layout

Guppy Road, Taradale. Standard winter field layout for Tareha Recreational Reserve.

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