Auckland’s Regional Parks

This is an index to MileSteppin blog posts about Auckland’s Regional Parks.  The Auckland Regional Council website offers a list of the Regional Parks with a map of Regional Park locations.

Ambury - Auckland's Regional Parks


The farm park lies among the southern suburbs fronting the Manukau Harbour. Take in the various farm animals as you wander around the open pasture. Ambury is a significant habitat for shorebirds. – Auckland Regional Council

Anawhata Beach - Auckland's Regional Parks


Anawhata is a spectacular beach that can only be reached by foot. Because it is less accessible, it is much quieter than other beaches in the Waitakere Ranges. – Auckland Regional Council

Arataki Visitor Centre and Pouwhenua - Auckland's Regional Parks

Arataki Visitor Centre

The Arataki Visitor Centre is the gateway to the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park which has more than 16,000 hectares of native rainforest. It’s 250km of walking and tramping tracks provide access to beaches. – Auckland Regional Council

Atiu Creek - Auckland's Regional Parks

Atiu Creek

Atiu Creek Farm was gifted to the Auckland Regional Council by Jackie and Pierre Chatelanat who wanted to ensure that all New Zealanders could enjoy access to the Kaipara Harbour. – Auckland Regional Council

Awhitu - Auckland's Regional Parks


A pleasant drive through Waiuku and 33km beyond, leads to peaceful Awhitu on the southwest shores of the Manukau Harbour. Wander over parkland pastures, explore wetlands or enjoy safe, sandy beaches. – Auckland Regional Council

Cascade Kauri - Auckland's Regional Parks

Cascade Kauri

Cascade Kauri, Lake Wainamu and Fairy Falls are located in the northern part of the Waitakere Ranges and offer great places to explore. See giant Kauri trees, huge sand dunes and spectacular waterfalls. – Auckland Regional Council

Cornwallis - Auckland's Regional Parks


Part of the Waitakere Ranges, Cornwallis is a popular, safe spot for family picnics and swimming. Be sure to visit the 200m long restored Cornwallis wharf, the last of the Manukau’s 16 ferry wharves. – Auckland Regional Council

Duder - Auckland's Regional Parks


Duder park is located on the pohutukawa-fringed Whakakaiwhara Peninsula, which cuts out into the Tamaki Strait. Visitors may feel like they are on their own island as they enjoy the 360 degree views. – Auckland Regional Council

Hamlins Hill - Auckland's Regional Parks

Hamlins Hill Mutukaroa

A green oasis amid Auckland’s urban and industrial sprawl, this park offers open pastures and expansive views. – Auckland Regional Council

Huia - Auckland's Regional Parks


Huia is a quiet settlement by the Manukau Harbour. It has tidal beaches, picnic spots, campsites and a huge choice of walks. – Auckland Regional Council

Hunua Falls - Auckland's Regional Parks

Hunua Falls

The Hunua Falls area has a large, flat area with picnic tables, and toilets only 10m from the large car park. While the Wairoa River may be suitable for swimming, the waterfall pool is considered unsafe. – Auckland Regional Council

Hunua Ranges - Auckland's Regional Parks

Hunua Ranges

These bush clad ranges with streams, waterfalls and magnificent vistas offer a natural playground less than an hours drive from Auckland. The park is the largest native forest in the Auckland region.  – Auckland Regional Council

This large forest and mountain area actually includes other Regional Parks – Waharau and Whakatiwai – and Hunua Falls, as well as Cosseys Dam and Cosseys Reservoir and a huge number of hiking trails and other attractions.  To see everything I’ve posted on the Hunua Ranges, search “Hunua”.

Karekare - Auckland's Regional Parks


Karekare is one of Aucklands most spectacular beaches and wilderness areas. Part of the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park, Karekare was made famous by the Oscar winning movie The Piano. – Auckland Regional Council

Search “karekare” for every post relating to this awesome west coast beach.

Long Bay - Auckland's Regional Parks

Long Bay

Long Bay is a busy seaside park, protecting the most northern of the east coast bays and lying adjacent to the Long Bay – Okura Marine Reserve. – Auckland Regional Council

Search “Long Bay” for every post relating to this excellent east coast park.

Mahurangi - Auckland's Regional Parks


Mahurangi park protects three peninsulas at the mouth of the harbour. Mahurangi spans across the Puhoi River, north of Wenderholm, and along Te Muri Beach to Sullivans Bay and Mita Bay. – Auckland Regional Council

Search “Mahurangi” for every post relating to this beautiful park.

Muriwai - Auckland's Regional Parks


A windswept rugged coastline stretching 60km north showcases Muriwai’s spectacular black sand surf beaches. At its southern end, Otakamiro Point is the site of one of our few mainland gannet (takapu) breeding colonies. – Auckland Regional Council

Search “Muriwai” for every post relating to this stunning west coast park.

Omana - Auckland's Regional Parks


Omana Regional Park is situated on a gently contoured knoll from which visitors can enjoy outstanding views of the inner Hauraki Gulf. An ideal family park with a shelly beach offering safe swimming at high tide. – Auckland Regional Council

Pakiri - Auckland's Regional Parks


A stunning piece of coastal land at Pakiri. The 52 hectare piece of land includes 900 metres of sandy coastal foreshore and stands of inspiring mature coastal pohutukawa trees. – Auckland Regional Council

Piha - Auckland's Regional Parks


Piha is one of Aucklands most famous west coast black sand beaches. Part of the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park, Piha is a popular spot for swimmers and surfers. – Auckland Regional Council

Search “Piha” for every post relating to this famous west coast park.

Scandrett - Auckland's Regional Parks


Perched on the north east tip of the Mahurangi Peninsula, Scandrett Regional Park encompasses Mullet Point, coastal forest, rocky headlands, an attractive beach and a precinct of historic farm buildings. – Auckland Regional Council

Shakespear - Auckland's Regional Parks


At the tip of the Whangaparaoa Peninsula, Shakespear Regional Park has sheltered bays, pastureland, regenerating native forest, cliffs and a lookout with views second to none. – Auckland Regional Council

Search “Shakespear” for every post relating to this extensive east coast park.

Tapapakanga - Auckland's Regional Parks


An attractive coastal farm park, Tapapakanga has a rich Maori and European history and offers an accessible, pohutukawa edged beach on the western shores of the Firth of Thames. – Auckland Regional Council

Tawharanui - Auckland's Regional Parks


Set on a remote peninsula, Tawharanui Regional Park boasts some of the Auckland region’s most beautiful white sand beaches, rolling pastures, shingled bays, native coastal forest and regenerating wetlands. – Auckland Regional Council

Search “Tawharanui” to see every post relating to this stunning open sanctuary.

Tawhitokino - Auckland's Regional Parks


This small scenic park is located at the end of the Kawakawa Bay Coast Road. Accessible from Waiti Bay only at low tide, Tawhitokino offers safe swimming and a beautiful, secluded stretch of white sand beach. – Auckland Regional Council

Te Arai - Auckland's Regional Parks

Te Arai

Enjoy nearly 50 hectares of new parkland in the north east of the Rodney region. Te Arai features highly sensitive dune lake ecosystems, wetlands, and regenerating forest. – Auckland Regional Council

Te Henga - Auckland's Regional Parks

Te Henga – Bethells

Te Henga or Bethells Beach is another beach in the Waitakere Ranges worth visiting. Here you will find sand dunes and Lake Wainamu – a popular swimming alternative to the rough west coast beaches. – Auckland Regional Council

Search “Te Henga” to see every post relating to this spectacular west coast beach park.

Te Rau Puriri - Auckland's Regional Parks

Te Rau Puriri

Te Rau Puriri on the South Kaipara Peninsula is unique because it offers access to one of the best beaches on the Kaipara Harbour and the major lake (Lake Ototoa) on the peninsula. – Auckland Regional Council

Wharau - Auckland's Regional Parks


On the eastern side of the rugged Hunua Ranges, Waharau extends from the range to the coast. Enjoy farmland, river banks and forest for camping, picnics, walking and mountain biking. – Auckland Regional Council

Waitakere Ranges - Auckland's Regional Parks

Waitakere Ranges

Waitakere Ranges Regional Parkland includes 250km of walking and tramping tracks, beaches, breathtaking vistas, spectacular rocky outcrops, waterfalls and cliffs. – Auckland Regional Council

This large park contains within it all of the famous west coast beaches – Muriwai, Te Henga/Bethells, Anawhata, Piha, Karekare, and Whatipu – and also Cascade Kauri, Huia, and Cornwallis Regional Park, and of course the gateway to it all, the Arataki Visitor Centre.  It also includes many smaller beaches and attractions, several dams, many waterfalls, and a great number of excellent hiking trails.  To see many more posts relating to the Waitakere Ranges, search “Waitakere”.

Waitawa - Auckland's Regional Parks


Located 50km from central Auckland on our south-eastern coast, Waitawa is made up of three small peninsulas and fronts onto four bays. – Auckland Regional Council

Wenderholm - Auckland's Regional Parks


The picturesque mouth of the Puhoi River, surrounded by forested headlands, is Wenderholm, the first and perhaps still the most beautiful Regional Park. Wenderholm contains one of Aucklands best examples of mainland coastal forest. – Auckland Regional Council

To see all of my posts about this great park, search “Wenderholm”.



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. – Auckland Regional Council

I haven’t yet posted about this regional park; the thumbnail above is from the Auckland Regional Council website’s list of the Regional Parks.

Whakatiwai - Auckland's Regional Parks


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. – Auckland Regional Council

Whatipu - Auckland's Regional Parks


The Whatipu area is a Scientific Reserve 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. – Auckland Regional Council

To see all of my posts about my favorite west coast beach, search “Whatipu”.