Wenderholm Regional Park, Waiwera

(4.7/5 based on 35+ reviews on the web)
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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TripAdvisor
  • Great place for a walk or hike. We took the path to the top of the hill. Fantastic views. Quite steep though!  more »
  • As the first Regional Park in New Zealand open to visitors, Wenderholm, (Winter Home) is a real treasure. Rarely can you find such a rich abundance of natural environmental pleasures for the whole fam...  more »
  • Stopped by here on an overcast day midweek, easy to park & find the trails to explore. Highly recommend this for all ages as the routes are very accessible with man made steps / stairs in place, so do...  more »
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  • Nice family freindly park. Excellent camp ground. Nice to see the efforts they go to for recycling and having a worm farm for all food waste
  • Beautiful place. Lots of space to enjoy a picnic and swim. Great trees for shade and climbing
  • Great place with lots of parking and shade. Safe beach for kids with an area to take your dog.
  • Awesome place to have a picnic/kayak on a summers day. Benefits from being close to Auckland. Get there early to claim a BBQ.
  • One of my favourite places for a family day out pocnic...nice views from a trek to the top of the mountain