Regional parks

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About Te Rau Puriri

Te Rau Puriri is a 247 hectare property at South Head on the South Kaipara Peninsula. Te Rau Puriri 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.

Check out the videos below of one of our newest regional parks...still in the making!

  • Cedric and Dianne McLeod share stories and photos of their waterfront farm as it transitions into Te Rau Puriri Regional Park.  To view video click here.
  • Mavis Smeaton revisits her family's farm, now part of Te Rau Puriri Regional Park.  To view video click here.
  • Park Ranger Phil Evans, introduces newcomers to Te Rau Puriri Regional Park.  This scenic gem in South Head is a gem in progress.  To view video click here.
  • Horse riders experience a trail on this new regional park.  To view video click here.

Park information

Pedestrian access: Open 24 hours
Summer gate opening hours:
Open 24 hours (Daylight savings)
Winter gate opening hours:
Open 24 hours (Non daylight savings)
Distance from CBD: 80 km
Physical address: 2911 South Head Road, South Head

Dog walking is prohibited

How to get to Te Rau Puriri


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Te Rau Pūriri Regional Park, acquired in 2005, is a farmed park located at South Head on the South Kaipara Peninsula. Covering 247 hectares the park is a mix of rolling farmland and steep gully systems broadly covering the Patauoa Creek valley. To the east the park stretches over a kilometre along the shores of the Kaipara Harbour. The Department of Conservation administers the Omokoiti Bay Marginal Strip stretching along the foreshore of the park; this extends the length of the Kaipara Coast from Mosquito Bay to Waipiro Bay.

To the south, the park overlooks the Haratahi Creek and wetlands.  The western boundary of the park abuts the Department of Conservation’s Lake Ototoa Scenic Reserve. The park is dissected by South Kaipara Head Road; access off this road to the park is made difficult by two blind bends in the road. The elevated ridges of the park offer spectacular panoramic views across the Kaipara Harbour.

The park contains significant areas of wetlands, regenerating forest and shrubland habitats, and coastal cliff vegetation. These provide opportunity for restoration of habitats and sequences, in particular improving the connections from the west to east coast, taking into account the other public land in the area. There is a wide range of shorebird species that visit the coastal area of the park as part of the Kaipara Harbour, which is one of three areas in the region that are of national and international ornithological significance.

Among the Ngāti Whatua of the Kaipara today, this land was known for a grove of Puriri trees that grew in the area. Waipiro kainga and the coastal pa of Pararaha, Awarua and the inland kainga of Kapohia and Onuhao provided for the needs of tangata whenua who settled in and around Waioneke (South Head) and adjacent lands.