Regional parks

Important notice

Please note that bookings close at 8pm for all campgrounds and baches.  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.


Waitawa Regional park is currently closed for repair work on the road to Mataitai Bay.

It is expected to re-open on Wednesday 24th December.  Please check this website for any delays, or opening earlier.

For further enquiries please contact Auckland Council on 09 301 0101

About
Park facilities
Park activities
History

About this park

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 taster of this sea-going trail click here

For a short video about the development of the park, click on the link below:


Opening hours

Pedestrian access Open 24 hours
Summer gate opening hours
6:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
(Daylight savings)
Winter gate opening hours
6:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
(Non daylight savings)

How to get to Waitawa

Physical Address:   1168 Clevedon Kawakawa Road, Clevedon

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-Celevdon Road. Continue along until you reach Waitawa.

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Distance from Auckland CBD

50 km


Maps

Park facilities

BBQ
BBQ

There are two gas BBQ's at Mataitai Bay. Please clean after use.

Beaches
Beaches

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.

Boat ramp
Boat ramp

The boat ramp is no longer in use and boat launching is not permitted. There is no vehicle access available to the wharf.

Cellphone coverage
Cellphone coverage

Limited access is available.

Compost Toilet
Compost Toilet

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) Woolshed

Interpretation
Interpretation
Limited mobility parking
Limited mobility parking

Located in the Wharf and Mataitai Bay car parks.

Limited mobility toilet
Limited mobility toilet

Located at the main toilets at Mataitai Bay.

Mobility accessible picnic table
Mobility accessible picnic table

Located at Mataitai Bay - these tables are identified by a longer top, allowing wheelchair access.

Native bush
Native bush

There are a number of areas of remnant bush at the park.

Notice board
Notice board

Located near the Hoiho Hub (Horse park) and at Mataitai Bay.

Parking
Parking

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

Picnic tables
Picnic tables
Potable water
Potable water
Sealed access road
Sealed access road

Main access road to Mataitai Bay.

Security gates
Security gates
Toilet block
Toilet block

Mataitai Bay

Trailer and boat access
Trailer and boat access

Hand carry only. No access to the old barge ramp next to Waitawa Wharf.

Wharf / jetty
Wharf / jetty

Waitawa Wharf is suitable for sight seeing and fishing. Mooring and berthing are not permitted.

Park activities

History

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: