Whakatiwai Regional Park is characterised by a series of gravel ridges, which are unique not only in the Auckland region but also internationally significant. The park includes a shelly sand foreshore, and is a haven for migratory birds such as godwits (Kuaka) and knots.
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||1377 East Coast Road, Whakatiwai
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How to get to Whakatiwai
Drive south on State Highway 1 and on to State Highway 2 before turning off on to Mangatangi Road. From there take Kaiaua Road to Kaiaua on the coast. Whakatiwai is about 3km north of Kaiaua on the coast.
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Situated on the Firth of Thames (Tīkapa Moana) is the undeveloped Whakatīwai Regional Park (324 hectares) that extends up and into the eastern foothills of the Hūnua Ranges. Like Waharau Regional Park, the park provides a secondary eastern access point to the Hūnua Ranges Regional Park.
Whakatīwai Regional Park is characterised by a series of gravel ridges which are unique to the Auckland region, and internationally significant because of their association with the chenier plains at Miranda. The gravel ridges extend nearly one kilometre inland and abut the foothills of the Hūnua Ranges. They run parallel to the coastline for 5-6 kilometres from just north of Wharekawa, to Kaiaua in the south. The gravel ridges are composed of a series of ridges and hollows, with a height difference of approximately one metre. The gravel itself is eroded greywacke, carried down rivers from the Hūnua Ranges. The gravel ridges have been significantly modified through farming practices and roadworks. They now are one of the few legally protected portions of the Whakatīwai Gravel Fields and therefore require special management to protect and enhance the remaining area.