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Kitekite – is it the sacrificial track?

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On 20 November Cllr Penny Hulse, chair of the Auckland Council Environment and Community Committee announced publicly that Kitekite Track will reopen before Christmas.  Many will have applauded that move, with the opportunity to get back into the forested part of the Waitakere Ranges and the boost to local businesses. But there is a downside  [ Read More ]

Categories: issues, news, regional park

Report on big fire at Kakamatua, Waitakere Ranges Regional Park

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​Fire service was notified of a fire at Kakamatua at 3.30pm yesterday (26/12/2014). The Fire began at the base of the hill on the eastern side of of the bay. There was no confirmed cause of the fire at this stage. The fire service report that an estimated that 10-12ha of park land is affected  [ Read More ]

Gap track open

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Regional Park rangers have wasted no time in opening a track between the lookout overlooking the Gap and the newly acquired Byers block of land. It is now easy to walk from Piha beach to the Gap at high tide and locals and visitors are taking advantage of the new purchase. The road from Piha  [ Read More ]

Categories: news, regional park

“The Gap” added to regional park

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31 July 2014  Media Release from Auckland Council Seventy eight hectares of land on Auckland’s wild west coast has been added to the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park. Councillor Christine Fletcher, Chair of Auckland Council’s Parks, Recreation and Sport Committee today announced the acquisition of the block of land off Te Ahu Ahu Road between Karekare  [ Read More ]

A walk on Ridge Road Track

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After exhausting all the tracks west of Anawhata Road, it was time to start exploring the tracks east of the road which go into the interior of the Waitakere Ranges, the water catchment area bounded by Piha Road, Scenic Drive and Te Henga Road. The Ridge Road Track heads inland off the right of Anawhata Road,  [ Read More ]

Arataki Visitor Centre

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  The Arataki Visitor Centre is on Scenic Drive between Titirangi and Waiatarua. It is an iconic building, designed by architect Harry Turbott, and opened in the 1990s. The most striking aspect of the building is the central pou, representing the ancestors of the iwi of the Waitakere Ranges, Te Kawerau a Maki. This is  [ Read More ]

Categories: landmarks, Maori, regional park

New Artists in Residence near Piha

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The two new Artists in Residence for Regional Parks will be close to Piha. Tim Prebble (sound artist) and Denise Batchelor (filmmaker) have been selected as our Artists in Residence in regional parks for 2013. Tim will be based at Barr Cottage at Little Huia and Denise at Craw Homestead on Anawhata Road. They will  [ Read More ]

Kleber Santana cooks at Piha Surf Club restaurant

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Chef  Kleber Santana, is back running the kitchen at Piha Surf Club. Kleber is Brazilian but came to Piha via Oz. The menu is light and very reasonably priced. Quite a few salads, mussels, burgers and fish. Steaks are enormous and served with mash and a choice of sauce. Pan-fried terakihi comes with caper sauce, very buttery.  [ Read More ]

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Cairn at Te Waha marks gifts of land

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It may have been 50 years late, but on Friday 4 November, a small group of Auckland Council regional park rangers and descendants of the Rose family, gathered at Te Waha point north of Piha to unveil a cairn erected to mark two gifts of land to the regional park. Jim and Phyllis Rose gave  2.5 hectares  [ Read More ]

Campground cookhouse came from Radar Station

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By the early 1960s the Piha Radar Station was not longer needed for any military purpose and the Airforce authorities and Whenuapai began looking for alternative homes for the buildings which were otherwise in excellent condition having been maintained by successive caretakers. One of the buildings was brought down the hill – a feat which must  [ Read More ]