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.
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.
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.
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.
For more information visit Kauri protection. Also see information about track closures in the Hunua ranges or http://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/kauridieback
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.
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:
Take Falls Road to the end of the road, the car park is close to information board, toilets and telephone.
Dogs prohibited in camping areas under Schedule 1 and temporary restrictions may apply during seasonal farming operations (lambing and calving) under Clause 10 of the Dog Management Bylaw.
Click here for information about which regional parks allow restricted dog walking
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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Includes parking from the main carpark to the lodge.
Weddings and civil unions require a consent to be obtained prior to commencement. Some locations are very popular over the summer months and early booking is recommended. Please contact parks on (09) 301 0101 to discuss your requirements.
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.
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