Wenderholm Regional Park, Waiwera

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#45 of 133 in Parks in Auckland
Wenderholm Regional Park is the first regional park of the Auckland Region, New Zealand. Situated between the estuaries of the Puhoi River and the Waiwera River, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, the park features a homestead known as Couldrey House, and a carved pouwhenua. This park also features the 'Maungatauhoro Te Hikoi' walking track, starting at the carved pouwhenua near the Couldrey House. This walking track allows visitors to see scenic views and birdlife. The park has its own resident artist, and part is sectioned off for ecological restoration.HistoryFor approximately 1000 years Maori lived in the area now encompassed by the park because it featured several natural resources. The Auckland politician and entrepreneur Sir Robert Graham protected many of the ancient trees in the area from felling to be used for timber for ships. He went on to build a homestead in the park (now known as the Couldrey House). Many of the historic trees in the park were given as gifts to Robert Graham from George Grey.The park has a resident artist, Nic Moon, provided by Auckland Regional Council. Her role is to create works specifically for the site, including some that involve the trees themselves.Ecological restorationA section of the park has been set aside since 1965 for an ecological experiment, stopping livestock from grazing and repopulating the forests. This allowed native species of birds which were no longer in the area to be re-introduced in 1999. One of the first species released into the area Petroica australis longipes (North Island robins) has a generally high rate of survival and procreated a good number of young, unfortunately not high enough to compensate for the loss of the adult population. Whales such as Southern Right Whales may appear to rest and calve along the coasts. Dolphins may be visible from the shores as well.
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  • lovely spot with beautiful beaches both on the sea and on the harbour sides. boat ramps and lots of clean toilet blocks, water taps and outside showers. lots of carparks too and a lot of them are shad...  more »
  • It's a lovely place with vast grounds for a picnic, stroll, easy gentle slope at the beach and a historic house open for visiting as well. Of course the park involves a beach, and in terms of accessib...  more »
  • This is an excellent Regional Park. It has a very safe, sandy beach. It has an estuary with a boat ramp. It has two bush walking tracks. It has good public toilets. It has bbq facilities and you can b...  more »
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  • Love this place. Not too far from the edge of the city as well as being close to a great Hot water pool facility, Waiwera Thermal Pools, adding to the attraction. Nice clean beach and play areas for everyone for some games. Mangroves/river to the rear and camping/caravan parking available too. Have enjoyed visiting here for years as a teenager right through to having my own kids to bring here
  • A place with free grills, complete leisure area. Large area for sports, safe and very clean. Trails with a beautiful view of the beaches. Family run place, ideal for children. Ample parking for cars? but on some holidays (Christmas, extended holidays ...) it can be a bit difficult to find vacancies .. but with a little patience everything is easy. My personal experience was very good, lots of nature, a place with many families and everyone lives in harmony. The trails lead to the top of a hill and in the end I was rewarded with a beautiful view of the sea !! ** Please note your food and drink as there are no shops. ** Note2 - Depending on the route you can pay toll approximately 2.50 NZ dollars. Good fun for all and until the next!!
  • Lovely walks that aren’t too strenuous, beautiful beach and a good place to kayak or paddle board. Has barbecues you can use and picnic tables also. Not too far out of town either
  • This park has almost everything you want, because it is included a peninsula at the river mouth to shield the river, one side of peninsula you can enjoy lake side feel, The other side is a Beach for swim. It has several walking tracks that you can walk from 30 mins to 2 1/2 hrs. BBQs (Free Electric cook plate or bring your own fuels such as coal/wood) are available to used. Further, the park has a public campground beside. PS: Don't forget to visit the historic house within the park, only NZ$5.00 donation required. It is a good park for whole family to enjoy
  • Awesome place for groups, families, birthday celebration or any occasions. Good toilets, mobility access. Plenty of space for play and fun. Public BBQ machines available for anybody fancy making own food.

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