When spending time in the Park, please leave no trace, and protect the flora, fossils and various creatures by observing them, not removing them.
The natural history of the land is a taonga tuku iho (heavenly gift) and should always be protected and respected.
We received unfortunate news that recently some visitors brought hammers into the Park and used them to remove fossils from rocks, damaging the beautiful land and removing natural history that was not theirs to take. The fossilised shells throughout the Park have been here for over 2 million years, and they belong in this place.
Whilst we realise this is an isolated incident, we ask that you please do not take from this land. We thank you for respecting our treasured Park.
Thank you. – The Te Mata Park Trust Board