Green spaces to provide recreational amenities and nature walks, protect the local ecology, and ensure efficient management of storm water have been designed into Ruakura Superhub. Stage One includes three reserves.
Te Wairepo Reserve
Te Wairepo Reserve is a 10ha reserve located on the south eastern corner of Ruakura Superhub. Currently under construction, Te Wairepo will be open for public use and will include 2.2km of boardwalks and walking tracks with information boards featured throughout detailing interesting facts and information about the local area and its history.
Designed in consultation with local hapuu, Te Wairepo will reflect the historic lowland forest and wetland landscape of Ruakura. Up to 1.5 million native plants will be planted at Te Wairepo including tiitoki, makomako, toetoe, kiokio, mingimingi, karamu, kahikatea, wheki, rewarewa, kanuka, pukatea, manuka, mahoe, totara, nikau, koowhai, miro, horoeka and kawakawa.
Wairepo means a wetland or swampy area which acts as kidneys or a filter for the surrounding whenua.
Taunui Reserve is located on Silverdale Rd opposite the University of Waikato. This 1.0ha park will feature a large grassed area and native trees, shrubs and plants. Taunui is a koha (gift) from Waikato-Tainui for the community to enjoy.
Tauiti Reserve is located alongside Taunui Reserve. At 0.5ha Tauiti Reserve is a smaller park area offering a place of respite, relaxation and play. It too is provided for the community