Wenderholm Regional Park, Waiwera

#46 of 87 in Parks in Auckland Region
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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41 reviews
  • August 6, 2017
    Great place for bird life and walks along the sand-spit. The hill walks probably a bit tricky in winter but great in the dry weather. Couldrey House is open for visitors 1pm - 4pm. $5 per head. There ...  more »
  • July 29, 2017
    most beautiful stretch of road during autumn and the yellowish leaves. take a lot of great pictures....  more »
  • June 2, 2017
    Great place to relax with peaceful walks and hike track. Walking around the flat areas of the park and beach is fairly easy and relaxing. The hike is a little tougher especially at the start of the tr...  more »
  • Simply beautiful park with lots of gorgeous flora and fauna around here. Beautiful NZ native birds including Tui bird. Quite a few people around weekend. Stunning beach.
  • Beautiful views and good park facilities. Good kayaking spot, and sheltered anchorage for boats... We went there in May, and so, it wasn't busy. But it might get crowded in summer
  • This is an amazing park with really good well formed tracks. Nice beach, beautiful scenery, lots of spaces for parking and picnicking, and lots of toilets :) Popular weekend destination. The cottage is pretty and it was curious to visit.
  • Superb place to visit, excellent walks to vantage points above the coast. Historic house is a must visit.
  • Great place to spend a day, beach fun, kayaking and historical house all within easy reach of Auckland.

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