Regional parks

Important notice

Please note that booking hours for regional parks will now operate from 8.00am – 7.00pm Monday through to Sunday for SCC campgrounds, SCC parking areas, baches and bookable sites.

No bookings can be taken over the phone or in person on park after this time.  

No cash payments are available at any time on park. For all payment methods, click here.

We strongly recommend that you call our contact centre in advance of your arrival on park on 09 366 2000, option 2, to make your booking.


Keep Kauri standing

Kauri dieback is a deadly disease, killing Kauri trees throughout the Auckland region. The Kauri in Tapapakanga regional park are currently healthy, please help us keep it that way!

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

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Park facilities
Park activities
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History

About this park

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. The Tapapakanga Stream winds its way through the park.


Casual group size limit for Tapapakanga Regional Park is 75

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 Tapapakanga

Physical Address:   95 Deerys Road, Orere Point ( off Orere Matingarati Road)

Drive south on Highway 1, take the Manurewa off ramp and head for Clevedon. From Clevedon, follow the signs to Kawakawa Bay and on towards Orere Point. Just past Orere Point turn off East Coast Road down Deery Road to the park.

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Distance from Auckland CBD

70 km


Maps

Park facilities

BBQ
BBQ

There are gas BBQs available for use along the foreshore. Note: There are no BBQ's available in the Sea View and Beachfront Campgrounds.

Beaches
Beaches

The beach is white sand – and a short walk from the car park.

Cellphone coverage
Cellphone coverage
Historic homesteads
Historic homesteads

The Ashby homestead is down near the beach front dating from 1900.

Interpretation
Interpretation
Notice board
Notice board
Parking
Parking

Additional parking available for 2000 in top paddocks.

Ranger contact phone
Ranger contact phone
Ranger office
Ranger office
Security gates
Security gates
Toilet block
Toilet block
Toilets
Toilets
Unsealed access road
Unsealed access road

Park activities

History

For many centuries Täpapakanga was an important dwelling place for the Marutüahu iwi, especially Ngāti Pāoa and Ngāti Whanaunga.

 In those days Tāpapakanga supported several large ka – inga (villages) each with extensive ku - mara and taro cultivation.

Archaeological sites on the park, mainly concentrated around the Täpapakanga Stream and along the coastal strip, include, three Māori pā, storage pits (rua), terraces (tūāpapa), shell middens (ahu ota ota) and ovens (umu) as well as stone heaps indicating extensive riverside gardens.

The Māori relationship to this land is commemorated by two pou whenua (carved posts) at the park entrance. An interesting feature of these carvings is the representation of a European, James Ashby, depicted carrying an axe.
Ashby settled on the land in 1899 and enjoyed a lifelong friendship with the local chief Tukumana Te Taniwha. James and his wife Rebecca built the existing homestead beside the beach in 1900. They raised 14 children on the property, which remained in family ownership until 1990.

The Auckland Regional Council purchased a significant block of land in 1990 and officially opened Tāpapakanga Regional Park in 1995. The park recently increased to 197 hectares when the council purchased an adjoining block of land in 2009.