Regional parks

Remember to be a tidy Kiwi!

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

Help protect our Kauri from Kauri dieback

From 1 May 2018, a number of higher risk tracks within the Hunua Ranges Regional Park will be closed, to prevent the introduction of kauri dieback disease into the park.

Some of the tracks identified to remain open are conditional on Auckland Council completing additional track improvement work before 1 May 2018, to support the requirements of a Controlled Area Noticeimposed under the Biosecurity Act.Once this work is complete, a final list of confirmed closed tracks will be published on the council’s website.

The current track closures (see below) and kauri dieback management measures will remain in place until changes come into effect on 1 May 2018. Further information 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.

Cossey Gorge track detour

There is a detour in place for Cossey Gorge Track down the road - this allows you to still do a loop walk up Massey Track and across Wairoa dam. The track is closed form the park noticeboard. Follow the road for approximately 1.4km and you will see a small track to your left which reconnects you to the bottom end of the Cossey Gorge Track. Cross the stream back to the Hunua Falls car park. Take care crossing the stream - if too high continue following the road all the way back to the Hunua Falls car park.

Keep Hunua Kauri healthy

Kauri dieback is a deadly disease, killing Kauri trees throughout the Auckland region.  The Hunua ranges are currently a healthy Kauri area - help us keep it this way.

Kauri protection zones

Auckland Council has defined special areas of Kauri in the Hunua ranges for protection. These zones have dense Kauri forests so tracks pose a high risk of the disease entering the Kauri forest. Tracks through these zones have been closed to public access.

Track closures

For more information visit Kauri protection. Also see information about track closures in the Hunua ranges or

Wasp season

Be aware from March to May is wasp season - and with the particularly dry weather they are around in increased numbers.  If you have a known allergy do not go tramping without appropriate medication - mobile phone reception is limited in the Hunua Ranges.

Park facilities
Park activities

About Hunua Falls

Part of the Hunua Ranges, the Hunua Falls area has a large, flat area with picnic tables, and toilets only 10m from the large car park. 

The Hunua Falls ‘pool’ looks a relatively safe place to swim, however looks are deceiving. There are environmental dangers here that are not replicated in many other aquatic environments, and there have been a number of drowning deaths and near miss incidents in the Falls ‘pool’.

It is not recommended that you swim at the Hunua Falls due to:

  • Deep water – 17 metres at the deepest with sudden drop offs
  • Cold water – which can be below 15.1◦c
  • Fresh water – which is not as buoyant as saltwater
  • Aerated water – at the bottom of the falls further reducing buoyancy
  • Slippery rocks  - both submerged and on the face of the falls
  • Murky water – reducing visibility of submerged objects
  • Flooding can cause dramatic increases in water  levels and flows
  • No lifeguard service

Park information

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)
Distance from CBD: 60 km
Park map: Click here to download a park map
Physical address: Falls Road, Hunua
Access issues:

Take Falls Road to the end of the road, the car park is close to information board, toilets and telephone.

Dog walking restrictions

How to get to Hunua Falls

Just before entering the village, turn left into White Road, then right into Falls Road and follow this road to Hunua Falls.

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Park facilities

Lodge Kokako Lodge
SCC campgrounds and designated parking areas
SCC campgrounds and designated parking areas Hunua Falls SCC parking area
Native bush
Native bush
Notice board
Notice board

Includes parking from the main carpark to the lodge.

Picnic tables
Picnic tables
Ranger contact phone
Ranger contact phone
Sealed access road
Sealed access road
Toilet block
Toilet block

Park activities


Māori used the hills and forests of the Hūnua Ranges primarily as a source of food and timber, and as a refuge rather than for permanent residence.

Rugged terrain, poor soils and difficult access meant this land was the last in the Auckland region to be settled by Europeans. From around 1870 parts of the forest were cleared for farming and for timber, but farming was always a marginal activity here.

However, the Hu-nua Falls have been a popular attraction for Aucklanders since Victorian times, when they were known as the “Wairoa Falls” and visitors travelled by steamer to Clevedon and took day trips to the falls.

Two manganese mines have operated in the Hünua Ranges. During World War II, ore from a mine in the Moumoukai Valley was transported from the hilltop via a flying fox to a railway on the valley floor.

But water was to be the main resource taken from the Hünua Ranges. The four water supply dams there include the Mangatangi Reservoir, which is New Zealand’s largest water supply dam and second largest earth dam. The extensive 169-hectare lake holds 37 million cubic metres of water and has an average daily yield of 101,100 cubic metres.

The Auckland City Council had begun purchasing land in the Hünua Ranges for water supply purposes in the 1940s, acquiring almost all of the ranges by 1960. In 1965 the agency that was to become the Auckland Regional Council (ARC) took over metropolitan water supply and management of the water catchment areas. The land was transferred to the restructured and renamed ARC for park purposes in 1992. About a third of the land is planted in pine trees. A commercial forestry company leases this area from the Council and access is restricted for safety reasons.