Te Rau Puriri

in which Miles visits Te Rau Puriri, Auckland’s westernmost regional park.

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Like many of Auckland’s Regional Parks, Te Rau Puriri was previously a farm, donated to the Auckland Council by the family who owned the land.  Hilly pasture land overlooks Kaipara Harbor.

Te Rau Puriri
Te Rau Puriri

There is only one walking track available, a loop of about 2 hours.  A horse-only track was closed when I visited.

Te Rau Puriri
Te Rau Puriri

Te Rau Puriri is a working farm.  During my walk I spoke with a ranger who was herding cattle.

Te Rau Puriri
Te Rau Puriri

I learned that Te Rau Puriri has been a park for about ten years.  Not much has been done to develop it in that time, but at least one picture shows large piles of materials for fencing or other building.  A neighboring farm has been added to the park, but that land is not yet open to the public.

Te Rau Puriri
Te Rau Puriri

The track leads downhill until it reaches a side track to a small beach that was full of birds.

Te Rau Puriri
Te Rau Puriri

It could really use one more bridge for easier access to the beach.

Te Rau Puriri
Te Rau Puriri
Te Rau Puriri
Te Rau Puriri

The way back leads through different pastures, containing a different kind of cow.  They stared me down, as cows do, but they didn’t follow me.

Te Rau Puriri
Te Rau Puriri

This park has more to offer when it is further developed in the future.  It was well worth a visit however.

Te Rau Puriri
Te Rau Puriri

I tried to have a look at the nearby Waionui Inlet, but there is a lot of land in military use in the area, and unless I missed something, the only road access was closed.

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