It was once an ugly industrial scar, but now the Te Puna Quarry Park is arguably one of the prettiest natural landscapes in the region.
And on Sunday, November 12, the quarry comes alive for the annual QuarryFest – six hours of must-see entertainment for Western Bay of Plenty green fingers, garden lovers, music fans, foodies, families and friends in the quarry ampitheatre.
QuarryFest features craft, food and plant stalls and a wide range of other products. There's also a garage sale, entertainment in the amphitheatre and, of course, a spectacular garden setting in all its spring glory.
The third Quarryfest is the park's main fundraiser for the year and a popular family day out, with over 2000 people turning up last year.
Entertainment this year features The Wai Taiko Japanese drummers, Bay of Plenty Pipes and Drums with Tina Peats Celtic Dancers, the Kaimai Express Bluegrass band, Acoustic Music Club, Tauranga Brass band, Cordelia Quintet and Barbershop group and Peter Clever and Singers.
A bus and a fleet of golf carts will carry people from the bottom carpark up to the event.
The Bethlehem Te Puna Lions Club's Te Puna Quarry Park QuarryFest is on Sunday, November 12, between 10am-4pm. Entry is $2 for adults and free for children under-12.