Regional parks

Important notice

  Please note that booking hours for regional parks will now operate from 8.00am – 7.00pm Monday through to Sunday for SCC campgrounds, SCC parking areas, baches and bookable sites.  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.

About
Park facilities
Park activities
Tracks
History

About this park

The picturesque mouth of the Puhoi River, surrounded by forested headlands, is Wenderholm, the first and perhaps still the most beautiful Regional Park.  Wenderholm contains one of Aucklands best examples of mainland coastal forest.


Casual group size limit for Wenderholm Regional Park is 75

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 Wenderholm

Physical Address:   37 Schischka Road, Waiwera

The park entrance is on State Highway 1 just north of Waiwera.

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Distance from Auckland CBD

48 km

Public transport information

Catch the bus to Wenderholm

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Maps

Park facilities

SCC campgrounds and designated parking areas
SCC campgrounds and designated parking areas Wenderholm SCC parking area
BBQ
BBQ

There are 3 electric BBQs, 4 single wood fired BBQs and 2 double wood fired BBQ’s available for casual use but you need to supply your own wood or charcoal. The electric BBQ's are free to operate. Wenderholm’s bookable sites have BBQ’s which can be hired with the site. If these sites have not been booked then they are able to be used by casual park users.

Beaches
Beaches

Wenderholm has approximately 900 metres of family friendly beach adjacent to a large grassy picnic area and the shade of pohutukawa trees.

Boat ramp
Boat ramp

A boat ramp is located on the Puhoi River estuary side of Wenderholm Regional Park and approximately 800 metres from the park entrance. It is not recommended to launch and retrieve boats for 3 hours each side of low tide.

Cellphone coverage
Cellphone coverage

Coverage is good on most of the main park land but can be very patchy nearer the hillside to the south of the park. The walking tracks on this hillside have little to no reception.

Historic homesteads
Historic homesteads

Couldrey Homestead, Whitney Room, Grounds and Gardens: (Follow the signs from the southern end of the main car park) This homestead is open to the public from 1pm to 4pm every day from Boxing day until Easter Monday (except Christmas Day and Good Friday) and every Saturday, Sunday and public holiday for the remainder of the year. There is a $5 charge per adult but under 16’s are free. Couldrey House Gardens are free and accessible at all times. Please note that this is not a group picnic area.

Interpretation
Interpretation

A number of informative interpretation panels can be found dotted around the park providing information on park history, historic buildings, landmarks and restoration work. The Maungatauhoro Te Hikoi Track and the Couldrey House gardens feature several information panels describing the viewable headlands and islands, re-vegetation work and information on early human occupation.

Limited mobility parking
Limited mobility parking

There are 2 designated car parks in the main car park next to the pathway to the main toilet block.

Limited mobility toilet
Limited mobility toilet

● The Main Block: 2 separate unisex limited mobility toilets each with their own paved access from 2 limited mobility car parks close by. ● The Northern Block: The male and female toilets each have 1 limited mobility cubicle. Access across the parkland may be limited and assistance maybe required. ● Schischka Campground has 1 unisex limited mobility cubicle. Access across the grass may be limited and assistance maybe required.

Mobility access (partial)
Mobility access (partial)

There is no formed path for access to the beach. For special access provisions contact us on (09) 301 0101.

Native bush
Native bush

Coastal, podocarp and regenerating forest types exist on the park. Many mature specimens of pohutukawa, taraire, kohekohe, tawapou, puriri, mahoe and kowhai exist in the area. See the “Tracks” tab at the top of this page for the best ways to experience these.

Notice board
Notice board

There are 3 notice boards located on the park including the main notice board which is found at the back of the main car park directly in front of the picnic area. The main notice board contains a phone booth for contacting rangers or making campground/SCC bookings. All main parks notice boards contain park maps, brochures and information for park facilities, activities, codes and rules and tides.

Parking
Parking

There are three designated car parks: ● Main car park: 290 spaces. Contains a 5 minute loading zone ● Boat trailer / car park: 10 spaces. Parking for vehicles with boat trailers ● Bus and coach parking: 7 Spaces. ● There are also grass overflow parking areas of approximately 400 spaces. Accessible only if the main car park is full and if ground conditions allow.

Picnic tables
Picnic tables

There are a total of 9 casual use picnic tables located around the park with four of those associated with the casual BBQ areas. Wenderholm’s bookable sites have picnic tables which can be hired with the site. If these sites have not been booked then they are able to be used by casual park users.

Potable water
Potable water

There are 11 drinking fountains located around the main car park and throughout the activity/picnic areas. There are 5 drinking fountains in various locations within the Schischka Campground.

Pram access
Pram access

Wenderholm is a pram friendly park with access throughout the picnic area and the beach.

Ranger contact phone
Ranger contact phone

Located at the main notice board at the back of the main car park.

Ranger office
Ranger office

Located next to Couldrey House. Follow signs from the southern end of the main car park. Office is often unattended.

Security gates
Security gates

The main park gate is located at the western side entrance to the park. This gate opens and closes automatically. See “about this park” for details. It will automatically open for vehicles exiting the park at all times

Toilet block
Toilet block

(For limited mobility options, see the “Limited Mobility Toilet” icon) There are 5 toilet blocks on the park) ●The Entrance Block: Approximately 150m into the park and on the right ●The Main Block: Directly in front of the main notice board at the end of the main car park. ●The Northern Block: 80m north east from the end of the main car park. ●The Schischka Campground block: 7 unisex flushing toilets in the centre of Schischka Campground.

Trailer and boat access
Trailer and boat access

There is a boat and trailer car park and a boat ramp located approximately 800 metres from the park entrance.

Wharf / jetty
Wharf / jetty

There is a jetty located next to the boat ramp at the northern end of the main car park. The jetty reaches approximately 82 metres out into the Puhoi River estuary with a floating pontoon located off the end of the jetty. Boats are able to tie up to load and unload people and equipment. Boats cannot tie up overnight or be left unattended.

Park activities

History

Click here for a leaflet that contains background information about the area, a map of the walking route and historic points of interest.

Māori lived here for close to 1000 years because of its plentiful natural resources. Wenderholm was the focal point of Māori settlement in the Mahurangi District and the site of an historic peace making agreement (mihirau) between the Kawerau and Hauraki tribes in the 1780s.

Prominent Auckland politician and entrepreneur Robert Graham became the first European owner in 1868. Graham built a homestead (Wenderholm) on the flat, to use while he spent time at his Waiwera thermal resort in winter. The house is now known as Couldrey House after its last private owner. It has been restored and is run by volunteers as a museum, open to the public on weekends.

Historic trees are also a feature at Wenderholm with Caucasian fir, bunya bunya pine, Moreton Bay fig, Holm oak, cork oak, magnolia, coral trees and others planted as long ago as the 1860s. Many of these were gifts to Robert Graham from Sir George Grey.