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Review of Regional Parks Management Plan

The Auckland Council is reviewing the Regional Parks Management that contains all the visions, policies and rules for the Waitakere Ranges Regional Parkland. Sandra Coney chaired the existing management plan and has prepared this commentary and suggested recommendations for revising the management plan.

Kitekite – is it the sacrificial track?

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 ]

Report on big fire at Kakamatua, Waitakere Ranges Regional Park

​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

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 ]

“The Gap” added to regional park

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

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

  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 ]

New Artists in Residence near Piha

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 ]

Cairn at Te Waha marks gifts of land

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   [ Read More ]

Camping on regional parks around Piha

UPDATE: Camping is no longer occuring on this site because in a flodding siutation it is not safe. The only site where you can camp on a regional park at Piha is at a site licensed to the Boys’ Brigade in Piha Valley. It is visible from Glen Esk Road behind the Sir Algernon Thomas  [ Read More ]

Keddle House

Keddle House is a heritage bungalow located in the regional parkland  half way down the steep walk into Anawhata. It has two bedrooms, one with queen bed and the other with 4 bunks. It is solar powered with gas for heating and cooking. It has views to die-for overlooking Anawhata beach and access to many  [ Read More ]