Regional parks

Important notice

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.

About
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History

About this park

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.


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)

How to get to Atiu Creek

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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Distance from Auckland CBD

113 km

Access issues

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.


Maps

Park facilities

SCC campgrounds and designated parking areas
SCC campgrounds and designated parking areas Atiu SCC parking area
Boat ramp
Boat ramp

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.

Cellphone coverage
Cellphone coverage

Patchy; some areas on the park have good coverage but some do not.

Dog Walking Prohibited
Dog Walking Prohibited

Dogs (including dogs in vehicles) are prohibited at all times at Atiu Creek Regional Park.

Interpretation
Interpretation

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.

Limited mobility parking
Limited mobility parking

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.

Limited mobility toilet
Limited mobility toilet

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.

Mobility access (partial)
Mobility access (partial)

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.

Native bush
Native bush

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.

Notice board
Notice board

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.

Parking
Parking

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.

Picnic tables
Picnic tables

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.

Potable water
Potable water

Drinkable water is available from four taps located at the campground. There are more to be installed at various locations within the park.

Pram access
Pram access

Access for prams is possible around most of the park following the formed roads.

Ranger contact phone
Ranger contact phone

Located at the main notice board. See “Notice Boards” icon.

Toilet block
Toilet block

(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.

Unsealed access road
Unsealed access road

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.

Park activities

History

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 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.