Regional parks

Remember to be a tidy Kiwi this summer

All our regional parks are rubbish free. Whether you call it rubbish, trash or garbage, please bag it all up and recycle it or throw it away when you return home.

Important notice

Motorbikes are not allowed 

Motorbikes are not allowed at Ambury regional park.

About
Park facilities
Park activities
Tracks
History

About Ambury

For a map of the park, click here.

Ambury farm park lies among the southern suburbs fronting the Manukau Harbour. Take in the various farm animals as you wander around the open pasture. Ambury is a significant habitat for shorebirds and the coast has excellent examples of basalt lava flows.


For dog walking (prohibited) information across regional parks, click here.

Opening hours

Pedestrian access: Open 24 hours
Summer gate opening hours:
6:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. (Daylight savings)
Winter gate opening hours:
6:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Non daylight savings)
Distance from CBD: 15 km
Physical address: 43 Ambury Road, Mangere Bridge
Casual group size: 100
Public transport information:

Catch the bus to Ambury

Click here to visit the Auckland Transport website


How to get to Ambury

Take the airport motorway and follow the signs from Mangere Bridge and Coronation Road off ramps to the park.

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Maps

Park facilities

Bookable site
Bookable site Ambury Bookable Site 1
BBQ
BBQ

There are four BBQs - two electric and two wood-burning (bring your own wood). One electric BBQ is a bookable site with a large grass area for activities. Large groups require a permit.

Cellphone coverage
Cellphone coverage
Interpretation
Interpretation
Limited mobility parking
Limited mobility parking

There is one designated car park in the main car park.

Limited mobility toilet
Limited mobility toilet

There is one male and one female wheelchair accessible toilet in the main toilet block.

Mobility access (partial)
Mobility access (partial)

There is access around the farm animal enclosures on gravel and grassy laneways. These may be inaccessible in wet conditions.

Notice board
Notice board
Parking
Parking

There are 20 in the main carpark and overflow, and 40 in the riding for disabled carpark.

Picnic tables
Picnic tables
Potable water
Potable water

Drinking fountain by barn.

Pram access
Pram access

Take your little one for a stroll at Ambury. The most accessible track is the Farm Walk but the Foreshore and Lost Garden's walks are possible too.

Ranger contact phone
Ranger contact phone
Ranger office
Ranger office
Sealed access road
Sealed access road
Security gates
Security gates
Shelter
Shelter
Toilet block
Toilet block

Park activities

History

Nearby Māngere Mountain was once the site of a large fortified Māori pā and the area now known as Ambury Regional Park was used by Māori for gardening. Māngere Mountain erupted approximately 18,000 years ago and the park sits atop a lava field made fertile by ash from the volcano. The area also provided easy access to seafood (kaimoana) and canoe launching sites for the various iwi (including Wai-o-Hua and Ngāti Whātua) who lived in and around the pā

The park and the Otuataua Stonefields to the south are the only places in Auckland where Māori stone structures remain on public land. Stone mounds at Ambury mark pre-European gardening sites.

The dry stone walls bordering the park entrance date from the mid 1800s when farmers from Cornwall and Scotland built them.

You can also see the remains of a windmill and wells that were part of the Ambury Milk Company.