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.
Please note there is no vehicle access beyond the main car park to Solomon's Bay. Please refer to the park map for walking or mountain bike details on distance, direction and time.
Horses can stay overnight when you book and stay in the Courtyard House or Atiu Creek Campground
Locked gates on walking and mountain bike tracks.
Please note that some gates around the Atiu Creek Regional Park track network may be locked to keep farm animals in the appropriate paddock and out of conservation areas. The locks are not there to stop you from using the track.
If there is no bike/pram ramp or kissing gate, please climb the rails, or the gate at the hinged end.
Atiu Creek Farm was gifted to the Auckland Regional Council by Jackie and Pierre Chatelanat who wanted to ensure that all New Zealanders could enjoy access to the Kaipara Harbour, and that the cultural and heritage values of the area would be protected.
In parkland and adjoining beaches, no dogs at all times - including in vehicles.
Click here for information about which regional parks prohibit dog walking
Journey north on State Highway 1 to Wellsford. Turn left at the Caltex station and service centre onto Port Albert Road. Follow the signs to the park. The property lies on the Kaipara Harbour, on the Okahukura (Tapora) Peninsula.
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No boat ramp exists at the park. The closest is Stables Landing, an Auckland Council owned boat ramp about 10 minutes drive back toward Wellsford.
Patchy; some areas on the park have good coverage but some do not.
There are several interpretation boards located around the park which describe the history of Atiu Creek with photographs and identification of key land marks. At Solomon’s Bay there is a canvas flipbook showcasing an artist's interpretation of park places and wildlife. Interpretation boards can be found in at the car park, along the Orauwharo River Trail and at the woolshed.
The surface of the car park is loose gravel, however there are wide grassed areas on the perimeter of the car park where it is possible to park your car and push a wheelchair over the grass. There is no defined parking and no designated mobility parking.
There are two toilet blocks on the park with limited mobility access. ●Main car park: There is a unisex toilet block in the main car park that is limited mobility accessible with a wheelchair friendly path down to the toilet. Some assistance may be needed to get there from the car park. ●Campground: There is a unisex toilet block in the campground that is limited mobility accessible. Assistance may be required to reach this toilet block from the campground grass area.
This farm park is accessible using all-terrain mobility equipment, and some paths are suitable for the more powerful models of mobility scooter. For special access provisions contact us on 09 301 0101.
No amplified music is allowed. This includes bluetooth speakers and Amps.
More than a third of Atiu Creek Regional Park is covered by mature and regenerating native forest and exotic tree species. Large old kauri, totara, puriri and pohutukawa can be found on the ridges and coastal reaches. Regenerating kanuka forest, wetlands and estuarine mangroves contrast with exotic species like cypress, cedar, Norfolk pine and redwood.
The park notice board is located on the eastern side of the main car park. It contains a map, visitor operations information, codes and bylaws, a tide chart, park brochures, interpretation and the park ranger contact phone.
There is a metal surface car park with space for up to 25 cars at the end of the park entrance road, 1.2kms from the main park entrance gate. There is a grass overflow car parking area to the west of the main car park that is only opened depending on ground conditions and when the main car park is full. Please park considerately in both parking areas to maintain traffic flow and allow other users to find available space without blocking other cars in.
There is one standard picnic table at the car park and one at Solomon’s Bay. There is a picnic table at the top of the airstrip paddock which has been designed to accommodate a wheelchair at the end. Some assistance may be required to push the wheelchair to the table.
Drinkable water is available from four taps located at the campground. There are more to be installed at various locations within the park.
Access for prams is possible around most of the park following the formed roads.
Located at the main notice board. See “Notice Boards” icon.
(For limited mobility options please see the “Limited Mobility Toilet” icon)
●The main car park: There is a two cubicle unisex toilet block located 60 meters to the west of the main car park.
●The campground: One toilet block with 3 unisex cubicles. The toilet block is half way down on the eastern side of the campground and is shared with day visitors.
Main roads leading to the park are sealed. 1.3 km of road from the park entrance to the main car park is unsealed. A further 3 km of unsealed road leads from the main car park to the campground.
There is plenty here for bird enthusiasts. Kereru, morepork, fantails, grey warblers and tui live in the forest and scrubland. White faced herons, banded rails, spur-winged plovers, kingfishers and fern birds inhabit the pasture, shoreline and salt marshes. The parks reservoir harbours a few black swans, paradise shell ducks, mallards, grey ducks and NZ dabchicks. The rare brown teal (pateke) is an occasional visitor.
The coastline is difficult to access, very tidal and mainly mudflats and wetlands. The currents are very strong and dangerous. Extreme care is advised and accessing the park by watercraft is not recommended.
Campers at Atiu Creek enjoy the opportunity to stay in a central location amongst farm land and close to native bush with easy access to many of the parks walking, horse riding and mountain biking tracks. A horse holding paddock next to the campground allows riders horses to stay while they camp. For the safety of campers, horses are not allowed in the campground. Limits and conditions apply.
Scuba diving is not recommended around the park as the currents are very strong and the area very muddy and tidal. Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) regulations apply.
Click here to obatin rules and guidelines for flying UAVs and drones. In particular pay attention to the code of conduct.
Atiu Creek is a working sheep and cattle farm. In the springtime, lambs are a popular sight attracting many visitors. You are free to wander through the paddocks containing
farm animals but please follow any safety signs and respect restricted areas. Please leave gates as you find them.
Fishing is permitted at Atiu Creek. The headlands and rocky outcrops between Solomon’s Bay and Mullet Creek offer the deepest water for surfcasting. Caution is required when near the water as the tidal currents are strong and dangerous. Fishing is limited to the time around high tide due to the long mudflats that run out several hundred metres from the shoreline. Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) regulations apply.
Open for horse riding all year. There are extensive trails over a variety of terrain, across open farmland and through native and exotic forests.
The coastline is difficult to access, very tidal and mainly composed of mudflats and wetlands. The currents are very strong and dangerous. Extreme care is advised and undertaking water activities is not recommended.
Enjoy the orienteering experience available at Atiu Creek. There are 40 markers spread over the park and brochures available from the notice board. For detailed information about orienteering click here.
Atiu Creek is a great place for a picnic and it is easy to find a picturesque spot of your own. Feel free to bring your own gas barbeque. Groups of 75 people or more require a discretionary consent. Conditions apply and consent is granted on a case by case basis
Enjoy spectacular views of the park and the surrounding areas with points overlooking the Atiu estuary and Oruawharoa River.
Swimming is not recommended at Atiu Creek as the currents are very strong and dangerous. The coastline is difficult to access, very tidal and mainly composed of mudflats and wetlands.
There are many opportunities to volunteer at Atiu Creek Regional Park. Volunteers often work alongside ranger staff and tasks can include (but are not limited to) tree planting, track maintenance, mulching, and pest management.
Become a camp host and enjoy a free and extended stay at the beautiful Atiu Creek Regional Park. We are always looking for camp host for Atiu Creek’s campground. Please contact the northern regional parks office for details about these opportunities.
A great way to explore Atiu Creek is via the network of walking and multi use tracks that stretch across the farm, through the valleys and along the ridge tops. Experience magnificent vistas of Kaipara and surrounding areas and enjoy a nature experience by getting up close to native forest and bush. Click on the links below for track information:
Atiu offers some relatively quick walks in which to experience some of the parks viewpoints and natural heritage. Click on the links below for track information:
The park is not a "wedding venue site". It is an outdoor venue for appropriate outdoor events. A wedding event is just one of many different outdoor events that may take place at Atiu Creek Regional Park. Normal booking procedures apply.
Atiu Creek Regional Park has a long history of human occupation extending back at least six centuries. Tangata whenua of this land are subtribal groups of Te Uri o Hau and Ngāti Whatua, in particular the people associated with nearby Oruawharo Marae. Their stories are told in the carvings of the pou kaitiaki that watch over sacred sites and stand guardian over all who visit the park.
The long Māori occupation is also reflected in the numerous archaeological sites present on the property. They include several large pā (fortifications) which defended the resources of the land and the strategically important Opou walking and canoe portage between the north and south Kaipara. Other archaeological sites include occupation terraces, gardening areas, food storage pits and midden (food refuse) sites.
The whole of the Okahukura peninsula came into European ownership in 1877 when purchased by Thomas Fitzgerald. The remaining stands of timber were milled and the property developed into an extensive unfenced grazing run. Kauri gum was dug throughout the area and oyster farming was briefly undertaken in the adjacent Oruawharo River.
In the early 1900s ‘Fitzgerald’s Run’ was named ‘Seaview’. It was purchased by young Swiss/British-born Pierre Chatelanat in 1951. He sold the majority of the block to the government for development as returned soldiers farms and retained the portion that became known as Atiu Creek Farm. An extensive programme of land clearance, fencing, roading, tree planting and building was carried out firstly by Pierre, and then by his farm managers and staff, creating an outstanding model farm. As a result of the The Chatelanat’s generous gift to the people of New Zealand, the property transferred into council ownership in 2006.
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