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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.
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.
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. Swimming at the falls is not recommended. The following form part of the Hunua Ranges:
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
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.
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There are wheelchair accessible toilets at Mangatawhiri.
Hunua Falls can be accessed from the carpark (2 mins).
Additional parking is available in paddocks in the valley.
Picnic tables are provided at Hunua Falls, Wairoa and Mangatawhiri. Or you can find your own favourite spot.
There is a drinking fountain.
It is possible to take a pram to all four dams from the carparks.
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There are designated trails in the Lower Mangatawhiri Valley with undulating terrain along a gravel road, through grass paddocks and bush, and along the Mangatawhiri River. There is a main loop down to the Lower Mangatawhiri campground with additional linking tracks that cross between the main loop.
Click here for more information about horse riding and how to get a horse riding pass
Try these mountain bike tracks:
The spectacular 30 metre waterfall is part of the Wairoa River which carves through an ancient volcano as it winds its way north through the township of Clevedon, before meeting the Hauraki Gulf.
There are many risks at this site that have led to deaths including drowning through accidental immersion or jumping from the top of the Falls, which is over thirty metres high.
The waterfall pool at the base of the Hunua Falls is considered unsafe for swimming. Swimming and entering the water (Diving, Jumping and Bombing) at the Hunua Falls involves a high amount of risk.
Further water safety information is located on site at the park.
There are many longer walks available in the Hunua Ranges, a favourite amongst trampers. Click on links below for track information:
For a short walk try the Hunua Falls Loop track which will take you up to the falls through the forest.
Click here to access track information.
Ceremonies are often held on either side of the Falls. A permit is required; contact (09) 301 0101 for enquiries. Receptions can also be held at Kokako Lodge. Bookings through 09 292 4349 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Hūnua 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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