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.
The Workman Track (From Workman Road to Mt Workman) a detour is in place.
Mangatangi Trig Track (east from the Trig to Workman Road).
For more information visit Kauri Protection. Also see information about Track Closures in the Hunua Ranges or www.kauridieback.co.nz.
Read important information about the Hunua Goat Control Programme. Between the period 15 May 2013 to 31 July 2013 some tracks and campgrounds will be closed. Please contact the southern sector office on (09)366 2044 for further information.
These bush clad ranges with streams, waterfalls and magnificent vistas offer a natural playground less than an hours drive from Auckland. The park is the largest native forest in the Auckland region. Enjoy a family outing to the Hunua Falls with picnic areas and a variety of walks. The following form part of the Hunua Ranges:
Mäori used the hills and forests of the Hünua 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.
Travel south on State Highway 1 and take the Papakura exit. Follow Beach Road across Great South Road and along Settlement Road. Turn right by Edmund Hillary School into Hunua Road. Follow Hunua Road through the Hunua Gorge to the Hunua village.
Hunua Falls: Just before entering the village, turn left into White Road, then right into Falls Road and follow this road to Hunua Falls.
Wairoa Dam: Drive through Hunua village, continue for 8km and turn left into Moumoukai Road. Wairoa Dam is on the left about 1km along this road.
Mangatawhiri Dam: Follow the same directions for Wairoa but follow Moumoukai Rd to its end in the Mangatawhiri valley.
Distance from Auckland CBD
50 km - Get directions with Google Maps