Aranui Park, Mapua
Aranui Park is a large area of open space located between Aranui Road and Mapua Drive on the edge of the Mapua urban area.
The area of the reserve closest to the main entrance on Aranui Road is planted with a variety of native and introduced tree species.
The Wells family gifted the reserve to the government in 1977 as a ‘contribution to the preservation of New Zealand’s natural heritage’. The reserve was vested in the Council as a recreation reserve in 1989. A plaque commemorating Bernard Wells is located near the entrance to the reserve.
A management plan was approved for the reserve in 1993 . It proposed the preparation of a development plan that would carry out the wishes of the Wells family to establish plantings of local native species and to maintain the area free of buildings.