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The 27 Regional Parks of Auckland

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November 6, 2020
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THE Auckland region has twenty-seven regional parks. The parks are a legacy of a generation of immediately post-World War II conservationists such as Jim Holdaway and Judge Arnold Turner, who saw that a booming Auckland metropolis would need these green lungs conserved.

The regional parks of Auckland are shown as red circles with yellow centres in the following map, which also shows ferry routes. From the top of the map downward, they are:

+ Te Ārai Regional Park

+ Glenfern Sanctuary Regional Parkland (on Aotea / Great Barrier Island)

+ Pākiri Regional Park (near Leigh)

+ Ātiu Creek Regional Park (southwest of Wellsford)

+ Tāwharanui Regional Park (east of Warkworth)

+ Scandrett Regional Park (south-east of Warkworth)

+ Te Rau Pūriri Regional Park (on the South Head of the Kaipara Harbour, the harbour which is fed by the Whakaki River)

+ Mahurangi Regional Park (south of Warkworth)

+ Wenderholm Regional Park

+ Shakespear Regional Park (at the tip of the long, thin Whangaparaoa peninsula)

+ Long Bay Regional Park

+ Muriwai Regional Park (on the west coast)

+ Whakanewha Regional Park (on Waiheke Island)

+ Motukorea Browns Island Regional Park

+ Auckland Botanic Gardens (in the city)

+ Waitākere Ranges Regional Park, including Anawhata, Arataki Visitor Centre, Cascade Kauri, Cornwallis, Huia, Karekare, Piha, Te Henga / Bethells, and Whatipū Scientific Reserve

+ Ōmana Regional Park

+ Duder Regional Park

+ Waitawa Regional Park

+ Tawhitokino Regional Park

+ Mutukaroa, Hamlins Hill Regional Park (in the city)

+ Ambury Regional Park (in the city)

+ Tāpapakanga Regional Park

+ Waharau Regional Park

+ Āwhitu Regional Park (on the Āwhitu peninsula, which forms the south head of Manukau Harbour, south of Auckland city)

+ Whakatīwai Regional Park

+ Hunua Ranges Regional Park

Background map data (c)2020 Google. North at top.

The regional park network has been continually added to since the time of its original founders, who would probably have been impressed to see that we now have twenty-seven.

Here is the Auckland Council page for all the regional parks: aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/parks-recreation/Pages/search-index.aspx

This page is a resource for my new book The Neglected North Island: New Zealand's other half. Check it out on the website when it appears!

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