Regional parks

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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

CASCADE KAURI CURRENTLY CLOSED


Cascade Kkauri is currently closed due to significant weather damage to infrastructure.

Following flash flooding in the Waitakere Ranges and signifcant damage to infrastructure including bridges and walking track, the park has been closed until further notice.

The Falls Road gate is now locked and areas that are closed to the public are as follows:

  • Auckland City Walk
  • CascadeTrack
  • Upper Kauri Track
  • Fenceline Track and access from the dam face of the Waitakere Dam Walk
  • Smyth RidgeTrack
  • Ridge Road Track
  • Long Road Track
  • Whatatiti Track from Long Road

Access is still open to the WaitakereGolf Club.


Help protect our Kauri from Kauri dieback

The Environment and Community Committee recently voted for the proposal to close the forested area ofWaitākere Ranges Regional Park (with some exceptions) and further high risk areas of the Hunua Ranges, to increase protection against kauri dieback disease.

These closures are proposed subject to a consultation process with mana whenua and key stakeholders, and a final decision will be made at the 10 April Environment and Community Committee meeting.

The current track closures and kauri dieback management measures will remain in place until changes come into effect on 1 May 2018.


A rāhui has been placed over the Waitākere Ranges by iwi Te Kawerau a Maki. This cultural restriction by the mana whenua of the area urges people to stay away from the ranges to allow the forest to heal. The council supports the principles of the rāhui and recommends alternative walking and tramping tracks across the Auckland region.

This information will be updated in the coming weeks. Further details can be found on OurAuckland.

When walking in any of Auckland's forests, please remember to scrub, spray and stay on the track.


For more information about kauri dieback disease click here.
 
 
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About Cascade Kauri

Cascade Kauri, Lake Wainamu and Fairy Falls are located in the northern part of the Waitakere Ranges and offer great places to explore. Walk through ancient forests, along streams and see giant Kauri trees, huge sand dunes and spectacular waterfalls.


Park information

Pedestrian access: Open 24 hours
Summer gate opening hours:
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. (Daylight savings)
Winter gate opening hours:
8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Non daylight savings)
Distance from CBD: 50 km
Park map: Click here to download a park map

Dog walking is prohibited


How to get to Cascade Kauri

Head along Scenic Drive. Fairy Falls are located on the eastern slopes of the Waitakere Ranges about 15 km north of the Arataki Visitor Centre. Cascade Kauri and Lake Wainamu are on Bethells Road. Take Falls Road to Cascade/Kauri.

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Maps

Park facilities

Interpretation
Interpretation
Mobility access (partial)
Mobility access (partial)
Native bush
Native bush
Notice board
Notice board
Parking
Parking
Picnic tables
Picnic tables

There are some great casual picnic sites in the area such as Falls Road at Cascades, Lake Wainamu, Pae O Te Rangi Farm and Pukematekeo.

Pram access
Pram access

Take your pram on the Auckland City Walk.

Ranger contact phone
Ranger contact phone
Ranger office
Ranger office
Security gates
Security gates
Security surveillance
Security surveillance
Toilet block
Toilet block
Toilets
Toilets
Unsealed access road
Unsealed access road

Park activities

Tracks

History

The Cascades-Kauri area,  is a popular destination with high conservation values; it contains significant stands of mature kauri and lowland podocarp broadleaf forest. The kauri is some of the largest and most accessible in the region. A number of trees are suffering from kauri dieback and the management of this presents an ongoing challenge. The Cascade Falls along with their conglomerate bluffs and the larger Waitākere Falls further south are both of regional geological significance.

Cascades-Kauri is a destination providing a range of informal recreational opportunities being particularly popular with visitors seeking picnicking, and accessible walks within mature, native forest, with access to large kauri trees, picturesque streams and waterfalls. The location provides access to an extensive network of tramping tracks and routes, including the Montana Heritage Trail, which offers a half day easy tramp through the ranges. A pou whenua is located at one of the area’s viewing points on the Auckland City Walk.

The park includes the Waitākere Golf Course, which has been located on the site since 1948 and is managed under a licence. The open space values of the golf course enables expansive views of the forested escarpments surrounding what is a natural amphitheatre. The area lends itself to appropriate events.

This area is the location of the Ark in the Park mainland island conservation programme which is a partnership project between the council and the Waitākere Branch of the Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society. The project currently covers approximately 1200ha, but it is intended that it will progressively expand to cover 2,000ha over time.