About this park
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.
||Open 24 hours
|Summer gate opening hours
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
|Winter gate opening hours
8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
(Non daylight savings)
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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Distance from Auckland CBD
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.