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The Whatipu area is a Scientific Reserve, within the Waitakere Ranges, owned by the Department of Conservation and managed on behalf by the Auckland Council Regional Parks. It is a spectacular area of coastal dunes and wetlands.
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Take the north-western motorway to the Great North Road Exit. Follow Great North Road onto Ash Street which leads onto Rata Street. Take Titirangi Road right through Titirangi Village to the roundabout. Take Huia Road through to Huia. Continue on to Whatipu Road for access to Whatipu at end of Whatipu Road.
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Overflow parking at both campground and turners paddock (150)
You may park and camp at the Whatipu Lodge campground. This campground is managed privately. For more information please contact: Telephone: (09) 811 8860 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Friends of Whatipu organise an annual beach clean up, tree planting days, seed collection, shorebird protection and predator control work. See Friends of Whatipu on Facebook or contact email@example.com.
Take a short walk to the Whatipu Caves, where dance parties were held in the 1920s. Click on the link below for track information:
Click here for a leaflet that contains background information about the area, a map of the walking route and historic points of interest.
For 800 years Māori favoured this part of the Waitākere Ranges because of its birds, berries and rich seafood resources, including shark. Many archaeological sites in the area reflect this long and intensive period of use.
Cornwallis was intended to be one of the first major settlements in Auckland but isolation defeated it, and it failed. Instead, in the twentieth century, it became a thriving beach community until it was acquired as a regional park, and the beachfront cleared of baches. The entire coast was exploited for kauri and a number of mills were set up. The Gibbons family pioneered the industry. One of their mills was situated at Whātipu and after milling ended, they established an accommodation house, with a post office, and held dances in one of the large coastal caves. The Gibbons’ homestead is part of the lodge still operating today.
In 1863 New Zealand’s greatest maritime disaster occurred at the mouth of the Manukau Harbour. The HMS Orpheus was wrecked and 189 lives were lost. Three of the sailors’ graves can be found just off Cornwallis Road on the Orpheus Graves Walk. The region has an important role as a water catchment area.
The Upper Huia Dam was built in 1929 on the site of an 19th century kauri log dam. In 1945 the Lower Nihotupu Dam was built followed by the Lower Huia Dam, which was completed in the early 1970s.
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