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

Track closure notice:

Lower Kauri Track is closed from 21 October 2013 for an indefinite period of time, to allow  Kauri Dieback research to take place.


Help protect our Kauri from Kauri dieback

Kauri dieback is a deadly disease, killing Kauri trees throughout the Auckland region. Click here for more information. Also see information about track closures in the Waitakere ranges.

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About Cascade Kauri

For a map of the park, click here.

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.


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

Opening hours

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

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

SCC campgrounds and designated parking areas
SCC campgrounds and designated parking areas Cascade Kauri SCC parking area
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.