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.


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!  For more information click here. Also see information about Track closures in the Hunua ranges.

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Park facilities
Park activities
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History

About this park

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.


Casual group size limit for Whakanewha Regional Park is 75

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)

How to get to Whakanewha

Physical Address:   75 Gordons Road, Waiheke Island

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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Distance from Auckland CBD

40 km

Public transport information

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

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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.


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.

Long drop / vault toilet
Long drop / vault 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
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.