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.
Walking tracks with slips due to flood damage include;
Work is currently underway on the Mountain Bike tracks at Waitawa Regional Park to improve the tracks connections, track surface and drainage. Sections of these tracks may have loose metal, be slippery, and uneven until the works are completed.
On new tracks recently constructed or under construction, many of the berms are still soft; as to are parts of tracks due to the recent rain.
Look after these new tracks now to ensure they develop into great ones in the future. Avoid riding in the mud and rain. Both bikes and walkers damage soft, wet tracks.
The following mountain bike tracks are closed due to slip damage
Located 50km from central Auckland on our south-eastern coast, Waitawa is made up of three small peninsulas and fronts onto four bays and is a recreation park, planned and developed with outdoor activities, exercise and fun in mind. .
Walking, horse riding and mountain biking tracks have been created throughout the varied landscape on the park, in areas of former pine forest and regenerating native bush, up and down steep hills and through pasture. Some are shared, with walkers, mountain bikers, horse riders and other park users using the same routes, so please respect others. There are also many important cultural and heritage sites on this park, so keep to the formed tracks.
Look out for information panels that tell the story of Waitawa at prominent locations, special sites or interesting places. Visitors can take the short walk to the Pawhetau headland for spectacular vistas towards Pakihi and Ponui Islands. Waitawa also has a purpose built sea kayak campground for those paddling Te Ara Moana ,the sea-going pathway.
For a short video about the development of the park, click on the link below:
Dogs are allowed on the park at all times on a leash; except they are prohibited from the Waitawa Bay Campground, wetlands (breeding and roosting areas) and seasonal farming. We will interpret the “seasonal farming” as any paddock that has stock in it until further notice.
Dogs are permitted on the beaches off a leash but must be under control.
Click here for information about which regional parks allow restricted dog walking
Take State Highway 1 south. After 22km, go straight onto exit 451 Hill Road and turn left onto Hill Road. After 0.8km you will reach a roundabout; turn right taking exit 2 onto Stratford Road. At the next roundabout, go straight through onto Alfriston Rd. Follow this road until the T-junction and turn right onto West Road. Continue along and turn left onto Papakura-Clevedon Road. At the roundabout in Clevedon turn right onto Clevedon-Kawakawa Bay Road. Continue along until you reach Waitawa.
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There are two gas BBQ's at Mataitai Bay. Please clean after use.
Mataitai Bay - located at the main arrival area. The bay is fringed by Koheruarahi and Mataitai Pa sites and features a sand beach, toilets and BBQ's.
Waitawa Bay is accessed only by foot, and features extensive veiws across to the Coromandal Range with the Pawhetau Pa providing a stunning backdrop.
The boat ramp is no longer in use and boat launching is not permitted. There is no vehicle access available to the wharf.
Limited access is available.
There are 4 compost toilets around the park at the following locations:
Mountain bike (MTB) car park
Waitawa Disc Golf Course
Hoiho Hub (Horse park)
Located in the Wharf and Mataitai Bay car parks.
Located at the main toilets at Mataitai Bay.
Located at Mataitai Bay - these tables are identified by a longer top, allowing wheelchair access.
There are a number of areas of remnant bush at the park.
Located near the Hoiho Hub (Horse park) and at Mataitai Bay.
Car parks are located at the following locations:
Mataitai Bay - Wharf Car & Mataitai Bay
Hauraki Car Park
Mountain bike (MTB) Car Park
Tikapa Moana Car Park
Main access road to Mataitai Bay.
Hand carry only. No access to the old barge ramp next to Waitawa Wharf.
Waitawa Wharf is suitable for sight seeing and fishing. Mooring and berthing are not permitted.
Camping is only permitted at the Waitawa Bay Campground and is for users of Te Ara Moana 'the sea-going pathway' only. A campground is planned to be developed near the bach in the future. No other camping is permitted on the park currently. Camping may be developed for horse riders and for disc golf events (the same area near the barn).
The Waitawa Disc Golf Course is open and ready to play. It is an 18 hole course with Club and Advanced tees (Green and Blue) and a couple of Championship hole options for tournaments. The course was the home of the 2015 New Zealand Disc Golf Championship.
The course winds its way around, across and over some hilly terrain, is links-like in places with wind being one of the main challenges. The uniquely Kiwi designed target baskets are solid and you get great reward for fine shots. You will need stable discs as some holes drop significantly in elevation. There are also some wooded holes where accuracy and reserved control are essential. If you are a beginner there is a loop that utilises some of the baskets in a less demanding area. Allow 2+ hours for a full round and 1 hour is plenty if you just play the Beginners Loop.
Waitawa offers a range of fishing opportunities from the Waitawa Wharf, beaches and rocky headlands and is within the Auckland and Kermadec Fishery Management Area, or Auckland and Kermadec region.
Specific regional rules apply to all fishers in this area. All recreational fishers must stick to the legal regional catch limits for finfish, crayfish and shellfish, and can face penalties for overfishing.
Fishing and collecting seafood are among New Zealand's most popular recreational activities and important parts of our way of life.
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is responsible for setting and enforcing recreational fishing rules. These rules keep New Zealand’s fisheries sustainable, ensuring they can be enjoyed by future generations.
The rules are set by region and apply to all fishers in all areas of New Zealand waters. If you’re going fishing, the rules affect you.
The rules can, and do, change so it’s important you check them every time before you head out.
From April 1 2014 the fishing rules for the Snapper 1 region are changing. The Snapper 1 Region covers the East Coast of the North Island from East Cape to Cape Runaway, out to a distance of 200 nautical miles.
Riders can ride within a specific area (see link below) and must have a Council permit, and abide by the specific Waitawa conditions. Note: horses are not permitted on mountain bike tracks. Please contact us on (09) 301 0101 to obtain a permit and if you would like to volunteer at the park.
Waitawa Regional Park is part of the sea kayak Te Ara Moana 'the sea-going pathway'
Please note moutain Bike signage on the park shows the ride direction – all tracks are single – one way track except Sheepish, Fuse and Valley Exit. Tracks have their own individual track names. Loops will be developed.
Note: the park will be closed for slip remedial work starting May/June.
Auckland Council, together with Counties Manukau Orienteering Club will be exploring opportunities for an orienteering course to be developed at the park over the next 12 months.
Waitawa Regional Park offers some great sites for picnics such as Mataitai Bay, Waitawa Bay, Hauraki and Tikapa Moana car parks to name a few.
Most of these areas have picnic tables, an there are 2 gas BBQ's at Mataitai Bay.
Bring along your picnic rug and food and discover your own site to relax and enjoy this stunning location.
Waitawa Regional Park offers some stunning vistas of the Hauraki Gulf and inland towards the Hunua Ranges sweeping around to Duder Regional Park and beyond.
Find your own favourite spot or try some of the rangers favourites at Tikapa Moana and Hauraki Car Parks.
Mataitai Bay and Waitawa Bay offer safe swimming beaches.
Jumping from the wharf is not safe due to a strong current that flows past the wharf and shallow water at mid to low tide. There are also submerged rocks, and a large amount or mussels and oysters on the pylons and surrounding coastline.
Use the emergency angel rings and throw bags only in an emergency.
Contact Auckland Council on (09) 301 0101 to enquire about volunteering opportunities for individuals, community and corprate groups. Activities include tree planting (seasonal), weed and pest control, track construction and maintenance (walking, horse riding and mountain biking), along with a range of other opportunities.
There are four tracks at the park – Waitawa Bay, Farm, Pawhetau and Valley. The tracks are however promoted as loops, which are Kotare, Kereru, Puweto and Piwakawaka. These are colour coded and supported on the park by both track markers, additional signs, specific key locations and ' you are here' signs.
Contact Auckland Council on (09) 301 0101 to enquire about a wedding or civil union permits.
Located 50 kilometres from central Auckland on the region’s south eastern coast, two kilometres west of the small coastal settlement of Kawakawa Bay, the parkland at Waitawa is sited on a headland in the Tamaki Strait. The parkland was acquired because of its accessible active recreation potential, vistas, environmental restoration potential and tangata whenua values. The 188 hectares of parkland comprises a number landscapes including: coastal and exotic forests, pastures, three small peninsulas and two beautiful coastal bays, with access to a third. The north-western and eastern part of the site falls down steeply from the ridge, which runs southwest to northeast towards Wairoa and Waitawa Bays. Several small gullies and minor ridges bisect this coastal slope. The steep nature of this land has resulted in the area being used primarily for forestry with pines and eucalypts being the dominant species.
The parkland contains several wetlands at the bases of gully systems and one large significant wetland system as well as mature pohutukawa along the coastal fringe. There is a population of the nationally threatened shrub Pomaderris rugosa. The property has potential for ecological restoration, which will be achieved without compromising the site's recreation potential or spectacular views.
The park land at Waitawa is of great importance to Maori as it is located upon a traditional boundary line between Te Urikaraka (Ngati Paoa) and Ngati Kohua (Ngai Tai / Te Waiohua). The area has a long and rich history of human occupation which is reflected in the numerous archaeological sites recorded on the parkland at Waitawa and the wider area. Sites of significance include Waitawa, Waipatukahu and Ruakakariki kainga, the inland kainga of Papaporutu, Oamio and Karioi the Pawhetau, Orakau, Mataitai, Koheruarahi and Kauri pa as well as cultivations at Te Aroaro.
For historic video clips of Waitawa Regional Park, click on the links below:
For interesting historic photos, click on the links below:
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