Regional parks

Important notice

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

  • 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 a map of closed tracks click here.

For more information visit Kauri protection.  Also see information about Track closures in the Hunua ranges or www.kauridieback.co.nz.


Hunua Ranges Feral Goat Control 2014

For details about feral goat control in the Hunua Ranges, including a map click here.

About
Park facilities
Park activities
Tracks
History

About this park

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:


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 Hunua Ranges

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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Distance from Auckland CBD

50 km


Maps

Park facilities

SCC campgrounds and designated parking areas
SCC campgrounds and designated parking areas Upper Mangatawhiri SCC parking area
Interpretation
Interpretation
Limited mobility toilet
Limited mobility toilet

There are wheelchair accessible toilets at Mangatawhiri.

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

Hunua Falls can be accessed from the carpark (2 mins).

Native bush
Native bush
Parking
Parking

Additional parking is available in paddocks in the valley.

Picnic tables
Picnic tables

Picnic tables are provided at Hunua Falls, Wairoa and Mangatawhiri. Or you can find your own favourite spot.

Potable water
Potable water

There is a drinking fountain.

Pram access
Pram access

It is possible to take a pram to all four dams from the carparks.

Toilet block
Toilet block
Unsealed access road
Unsealed access road

Park activities

Tracks

History

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.