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 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.
Tarata Track is currently closed due to slips and windfalls until further notice. Use the grass track along Carsons Road instead to access Central Track.
Upland Road track between Upland Road and Cathedral Track is closed due to a slip. Please access the park via Firebreak Track if wanting to enter the park from Rocky Bay.
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.
Catch the ferry to Waiheke then a shuttle or bus to Whakanewha.
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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.
Click here for information about which regional parks allow restricted dog walking
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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Whakanewha Bay (Rocky Bay).
There is 1 male and 1 female wheelchair accessible toilet.
For special access provisions contact us on (09) 301 0101.
Parking includes northeastern beach overflow area
Picnic sites are available on a casual basis.
Common native birds at the park include Kereru, tui, fantail, silvereye and grey warbler. Other bird species sighted in the parks include shining cuckoo, harriers, morepork and the occasional red crowned parakeet. The wetland supports banded rail and spotless crake.
Along the coastal margin you may find, white faced heron, paradise shelduck, grey duck, South Island pied oyster catchers, pied stilt, spur winger plover, eastern bar tailed godwit and Caspian tern. The Variable oyster catcher and New Zealand Dotterel also nest in the area and drive an intensive trapping programme.
You may also spot blue reef heron, kingfishers, black, pied and little shags and white fronted terns.
Designated undulating loop tracks through coastal and regenerating bush environments. Access is available to ride on the beach at Rocky Bay either by the large Pohutukawa Tree or off the Cathedral Track outside the Dotterel breeding season.
Click here for more information about horse riding and how to get a horse riding pass
A 12 month trial has recently commenced for shared use of selected tracks only - Tarata, Central, Rua Loop (small section only), Dotties Lane and Cathedral Tracks only.
Please read signage on the park.
Take a longer walk up to cascading waterfalls on the Nikau Track. For track information click on the links below:
Take the Pa Loop Track up to the headland for great views of downtown Auckland. Click on links below for track information:
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.
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