About Te Arai
In August 2008, the Auckland Regional Council purchased nearly 50 hectares of new parkland in the north east of Rodney. Highly sensitive dune lake ecosystems, wetlands, coastal broadleaf forest and regenerating forest cover the majority of the land.
||Open 24 hours
|Summer gate opening hours:
12:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m. (Daylight savings)
|Winter gate opening hours:
12:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m. (Non daylight savings)
|Distance from CBD:
||Te Arai Road, Te Arai Point
|Casual group size:
Dog walking restrictions
How to get to Te Arai
The council purchased 50 hectares of land on Te Ārai Point in 2008 for regional park purposes. The park land adjoins an existing 37 hectare local reserve and an extensive area of Crown land to the south, currently leased for commercial forestry. The large area of commercial forest to the north is privately owned and is subject to future development proposals.
The regional park land occupies the most prominent headland on this part of the eastern coast offering panoramic views to Pākiri Beach in the south and Mangawhai Heads sand spit to the north, and the rural hinterland and the Tomarata Lakes to the west.
Te Ārai o Tahuhunuiarangi (the shelter of Tahuhu) is the full name of this parkland and was the pa of the founding ancestor of Ngai Tahuhunuiarangi. The only prominent point jutting out into the South Pacific Ocean between Mangawhai (Bream tail) and Omaha (Cape Rodney), it was visited frequently by passing waka. Te Ārai is claimed by many iwi and hapū, as a tribal boundary marker to a burial site. Kawerau, Ngāti Whatua, Hauraki and Ngāti Wai (Ngāti Manuhiri) claim the right to exercise kaitiakitanga over Te Ārai to this day.