Regional parks

Important notice

Please note that bookings close at 8pm for all campgrounds and baches.  No bookings can be taken over the phone or in person on park after this time.  

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We strongly recommend that you call our contact centre in advance of your arrival on park on 09 366 2000, option 2, to make your booking.


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Read important information about Kauri protection. Also see information about Track closures in the Waitakere ranges.

About
Park facilities
Park activities
Tracks
History

About this park

Part of the Waitakere Ranges, Huia is a quiet settlement by the Manukau Harbour. It has tidal beaches, picnic spots, forest walks and campsites. It is a crucial water catchment area for the Auckland region.


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)

How to get to Huia

Take the north-western motorway to the Great North Road exit. Follow Great North Road onto Ash Street which leads onto Rata Street. Take Titirangi Road right through Titirangi Village to the roundabout. Take Huia Road, travel through Laingholm and Parau to Huia.

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Distance from Auckland CBD

45 km


Maps

Park facilities

SCC campgrounds and designated parking areas
SCC campgrounds and designated parking areas Barn Paddock SCC parking area
Beaches
Beaches

At Huia and Little Huia there is a beautiful tidal bay.

Interpretation
Interpretation
Limited mobility toilet
Limited mobility toilet

There is wheelchair access to toilet blocks.

Long drop / vault toilet
Long drop / vault toilet
Mobility access (partial)
Mobility access (partial)

Huia is a crucial water catchment area for the Auckland region and the Lower Huia Reservoir is the most accessible of its five dams. Follow Huia Road through to Huia. Immediately after crossing the bridge to Little Huia, turn right and drive up the top of the dam to see the expansive views.

Native bush
Native bush
Notice board
Notice board
Parking
Parking

Includes Millbay carpark beside the muesum. Additional parking is available on the muesum paddock if ground conditions allow.

Ranger contact phone
Ranger contact phone
Ranger office
Ranger office
Toilet block
Toilet block

Park activities

Tracks

History

For 800 years Māori favoured this part of the Waitäkere Ranges because of its birds, berries and rich seafood resources, including shark. Many archaeological sites in the area reflect this long and intensive period of use.

Cornwallis was intended to be one of the first major settlements in Auckland but isolation defeated it, and it failed.  Instead, in the twentieth century, it became a thriving beach community until it was acquired as a regional park, and the beachfront cleared of baches.  The entire coast was exploited for kauri and a number of mills were set up.  The Gibbons family pioneered the industry. One of their mills was situated at Whātipu and after milling ended, they established an accommodation house, with a post office, and held dances in one of the large coastal caves. The Gibbons’ homestead is part of the lodge still operating today.

In 1863 New Zealand’s greatest maritime disaster occurred at the mouth of the Manukau Harbour. The HMS Orpheus was wrecked and 189 lives were lost. Three of the sailors’ graves can be found just off Cornwallis Road on the Orpheus Graves Walk.  The region has an important role as a water catchment area.

The Upper Huia Dam was built in 1929 on the site of an 19th century kauri log dam.  In 1945 the Lower Nihotupu Dam was built followed by the Lower Huia Dam, which was completed in the early 1970s.