All our regional parks are rubbish free. Whether you call it rubbish, trash or garbage, please bag it all up and recycle it or throw it away when you return home.
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. Click here for more information. Also see information about track closures in the Hunua ranges.
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.
Be aware from March to May is wasp season - and with the particularly dry weather they are around in increased numbers. If you have a known allergy do not go tramping without appropriate medication - mobile phone reception is limited in the Hunua Ranges.
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.
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Drive south on State Highway 1 and on to State Highway 2 before turning off on to Mangatangi Road. From there take Kaiaua Road to Kaiaua on the coast, turn left up East Coast Road and the park is about 1km past Pukekereru Lane.
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Gas BBQ's only
There is a ramp which provides access to the wheelchair accessible toilets. There is 1 male and 1 female.
Additional parking is available at boundary campsite.
There are picnic tables in the main park or find your own favourite spot.
For the more adventurous choose one of the tracks below to explore the regenerating forest at Waharau. Click on links below for track information:
Take a short walk through the regenerating forest at Waharau. Click on the link below for track information:
The Tainui canoe landed on the beach at the southern edge of the park in the 14th century bestowing the name Waihihi. This area was originally known for its aute (paper mulberry) grove, imported from the Pacific, and for its beautiful karaka groves, one of which still grows on the foreshore.
Ngäti Whanaunga, a subtribe of Ngäti Puku, occupied the land from the 17th century and still maintains an urupä (burial ground) on the park.
Waharau was one of the larger Mäori settlements along the coast in the late 1800s and was a summer residence of the Mäori King from the 1890s. This connection is maintained with the Tainui campground on the park.
European settlers milled the area’s kauri and beech from the 1860s. They shipped the timber to Auckland and across the Firth of Thames / Tikapa Moana to the gold mining settlements on the Coromandel Peninsula.
The Auckland Regional Council (ARC) purchased the park between 1970 and 1973 to provide access to Hünua water catchment land. It was subsequently developed as a regional park and was opened by the Mäori Queen in 1979.
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