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      Ambury

      Ambury

      The farm park lies among the southern suburbs fronting the Manukau Harbour. Take in the various farm animals as you wander around the open pasture. Ambury is a significant habitat for shorebirds.

      Anawhata

      Anawhata

      Anawhata is a spectacular beach that can only be reached by foot. Because it is less accessible, it is much quieter than other beaches in the Waitakere Ranges.

      Arataki Visitor Centre

      Arataki Visitor Centre

      The Arataki Visitor Centre is the gateway to the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park which has more than 16,000 hectares of native rainforest. It's 250km of walking and tramping tracks provide access to beaches.

      Atiu Creek

      Atiu Creek

      Atiu Creek Farm was gifted to the Auckland Regional Council by Jackie and Pierre Chatelanat who wanted to ensure that all New Zealanders could enjoy access to the Kaipara Harbour.

      Auckland Botanic Gardens

      Auckland Botanic Gardens

      The Gardens are resplendent with more than 8,000 plant species to provide visitors with ideas and inspiration for their own gardens.

      Awhitu

      Awhitu

      A pleasant drive through Waiuku and 33km beyond, leads to peaceful Awhitu on the southwest shores of the Manukau Harbour. Wander over parkland pastures, explore wetlands or enjoy safe, sandy beaches.

      Cascade Kauri

      Cascade Kauri

      Cascade Kauri, Lake Wainamu and Fairy Falls are located in the northern part of the Waitakere Ranges and offer great places to explore. See giant Kauri trees, huge sand dunes and spectacular waterfalls.

      Cornwallis

      Cornwallis

      Part of the Waitakere Ranges, Cornwallis is a popular, safe spot for family picnics and swimming. Be sure to visit the 200m long restored Cornwallis wharf, the last of the Manukau's 16 ferry wharves.

      Duder

      Duder

      Duder park is located on the pohutukawa-fringed Whakakaiwhara Peninsula, which cuts out into the Tamaki Strait. Visitors may feel like they are on their own island as they enjoy the 360 degree views.

      Hamlins Hill Mutukaroa

      Hamlins Hill Mutukaroa

      A green oasis amid Auckland's urban and industrial sprawl, this park offers open pastures and expansive views.

      Huia

      Huia

      Huia is a quiet settlement by the Manukau Harbour. It has tidal beaches, picnic spots, campsites and a huge choice of walks.

      Hunua Falls

      Hunua Falls

      The Hunua Falls area has a large, flat area with picnic tables, and toilets only 10m from the large car park. While the Wairoa River may be suitable for swimming, the waterfall pool is considered unsafe.

      Hunua Ranges

      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. Read important information about Kauri Protection.

      Karekare

      Karekare

      Karekare is one of Aucklands most spectacular beaches and wilderness areas. Part of the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park, Karekare was made famous by the Oscar winning movie The Piano.

      Long Bay

      Long Bay

      Long Bay is a busy seaside park, protecting the most northern of the east coast bays and lying adjacent to the Long Bay - Okura Marine Reserve.

      Mahurangi

      Mahurangi

      Mahurangi park protects three peninsulas at the mouth of the harbour. Mahurangi spans across the Puhoi River, north of Wenderholm, and along Te Muri Beach to Sullivans Bay and Mita Bay.

      Muriwai

      Muriwai

      A windswept rugged coastline stretching 60km north showcases Muriwai's spectacular black sand surf beaches. At its southern end, Otakamiro Point is the site of one of our few mainland gannet (takapu) breeding colonies.

      Omana

      Omana

      Omana Regional Park is situated on a gently contoured knoll from which visitors can enjoy outstanding views of the inner Hauraki Gulf. An ideal family park with a shelly beach offering safe swimming at high tide.

      Pakiri

      Pakiri

      A stunning piece of coastal land at Pakiri. The 52 hectare piece of land includes 900 metres of sandy coastal foreshore and stands of inspiring mature coastal pohutukawa trees.

      Piha

      Piha

      Piha is one of Aucklands most famous west coast black sand beaches. Part of the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park, Piha is a popular spot for swimmers and surfers.

      Scandrett

      Scandrett

      Perched on the north east tip of the Mahurangi Peninsula, Scandrett Regional Park encompasses Mullet Point, coastal forest, rocky headlands, an attractive beach and a precinct of historic farm buildings.

      Shakespear

      Shakespear

      At the tip of the Whangaparaoa Peninsula, Shakespear Regional Park has sheltered bays, pastureland, regenerating native forest, cliffs and a lookout with views second to none.

      Tapapakanga

      Tapapakanga

      An attractive coastal farm park, Tapapakanga has a rich Maori and European history and offers an accessible, pohutukawa edged beach on the western shores of the Firth of Thames.

      Tawharanui

      Tawharanui

      Set on a remote peninsula, Tawharanui Regional Park boasts some of the Auckland region's most beautiful white sand beaches, rolling pastures, shingled bays, native coastal forest and regenerating wetlands.

      Tawhitokino

      Tawhitokino

      This small scenic park is located at the end of the Kawakawa Bay Coast Road. Accessible from Waiti Bay only at low tide, Tawhitokino offers safe swimming and a beautiful, secluded stretch of white sand beach.

      Te Arai

      Te Arai

      Enjoy nearly 50 hectares of new parkland in the north east of the Rodney region. Te Arai features highly sensitive dune lake ecosystems, wetlands, and regenerating forest.

      Te Henga - Bethells

      Te Henga - Bethells

      Te Henga or Bethells Beach is another beach in the Waitakere Ranges worth visiting. Here you will find sand dunes and Lake Wainamu - a popular swimming alternative to the rough west coast beaches.

      Te Rau Puriri

      Te Rau Puriri

      Te Rau Puriri on the South Kaipara Peninsula is unique because it offers access to one of the best beaches on the Kaipara Harbour and the major lake (Lake Ototoa) on the peninsula.

      Waharau

      Waharau

      On the eastern side of the rugged Hunua Ranges, Waharau extends from the range to the coast. Enjoy farmland, river banks and forest for camping, picnics, walking and mountain biking.

      Waitakere Ranges

      Waitakere Ranges

      Waitakere Ranges Regional Parkland includes 250km of walking and tramping tracks, beaches, breathtaking vistas, spectacular rocky outcrops, waterfalls and cliffs.

      Waitawa

      Waitawa

      Located 50km from central Auckland on our south-eastern coast, Waitawa is made up of three small peninsulas and fronts onto four bays.

      Wenderholm

      Wenderholm

      The picturesque mouth of the Puhoi River, surrounded by forested headlands, is Wenderholm, the first and perhaps still the most beautiful Regional Park. Wenderholm contains one of Aucklands best examples of mainland coastal forest.

      Whakanewha

      Whakanewha

      Escape overseas and visit this park on the western side of Waiheke Island. Whakanewha offers sheltered swimming on a long, sweeping beach with a panoramic bush clad backdrop. You can also enjoy camping and picnic sites on the foreshore.

      Whakatiwai

      Whakatiwai

      Whakatiwai Regional Park is characterised by a series of gravel ridges, which are unique not only in the Auckland region but also internationally significant. The park includes a shelly sand foreshore, and is a haven for migratory birds.

      Whatipu

      Whatipu

      The Whatipu area is a Scientific Reserve owned by the Department of Conservation and managed on behalf by the Auckland Council Regional Parks. It is a spectacular area of coastal dunes and wetlands.