Regional parks

Remember to be a tidy Kiwi this summer

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.

Important notice

Keep Kauri standing

Kauri dieback is a deadly disease, killing Kauri trees throughout the Auckland region. The Kauri in Whakanewha Regional Park are currently healthy, please help us keep it that way. Click here for more information. Also see information about track closures in the Hunua ranges.

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About Whakanewha

For a map of the park, click here.

Escape overseas and visit this park on the western side of Waiheke Island.  Whakanewha offers sheltered swimming on a long, sweeping beach with a panoramic bush clad backdrop. You can also enjoy camping and picnic sites on the foreshore.


For dog walking (with restrictions) information across regional parks, click here.

Opening hours

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: 40 km
Physical address: 75 Gordons Road, Waiheke Island
Casual group size: 75
Public transport information:

Catch the ferry to Waiheke then a shuttle or bus to Whakanewha.

Click here to visit the Auckland Transport website

Access issues:

Whakanewha has wheelchair access to all areas including toilets and the carparking area. The bottom of the Nikau Track and all foreshore areas are also wheelchair and pushchair friendly.


How to get to Whakanewha

Take the Fullers ferry from Central Auckland or take your car with the Sealink car ferry from Half Moon Bay to Waiheke Island. If you have caught the Fullers ferry, catch a shuttle bus from the ferry terminal at Matiatia to the park, or catch the Rocky Bay bus and get off at the Rocky Bay terminal. From the Rocky Bay bus stop, walk up Omiha Road to Upland Road track and into the park.

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Maps

Park facilities

SCC campgrounds and designated parking areas
SCC campgrounds and designated parking areas Whakanewha SCC parking area
BBQ
BBQ
Beaches
Beaches

Whakanewha Bay (Rocky Bay).

Interpretation
Interpretation
Limited mobility toilet
Limited mobility toilet

There is 1 male and 1 female wheelchair accessible toilet.

Mobility access (partial)
Mobility access (partial)

For special access provisions contact us on (09) 301 0101.

Native bush
Native bush
Notice board
Notice board
Parking
Parking

Parking includes northeastern beach overflow area

Picnic tables
Picnic tables

Picnic sites are available on a casual basis.

Potable water
Potable water
Ranger office
Ranger office
Toilet block
Toilet block
Toilets
Toilets
Unsealed access road
Unsealed access road

Park activities

History

Whakanewha is steeped in Mäori and European history. The many shell middens, pits, terraces and pä site on the headland remain from many generations of Mäori occupation. Inhabitants of the pä would have gathered pipi, scallops and cockles from the Whakanewha foreshore.

Europeans began to use the area for trading, boat building and forestry in the 1830s.

In the 1850s Mäori cultivated the flat land, supplying Auckland with fruit and vegetables.

The remains of a hearth near the Poukaraka wetland mark the site of William and Margaret Carey’s cottage, built when they settled on the land in 1866.