Wenderholm Regional Park, Waiwera

4.7
#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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  • We knew it would be busy as it was New Years Day so decided to park under the trees by the driveway on the way in. We headed up one of the walking tracks up the hill to the lookout at the summit ... s...  more »
  • So close to Auckland CBD yet a world away. Great location on the coast and accessible from Puhoi Canoe hire. Orewa close for any forgotten essential items (for picnic etc).  more »
  • This is a very pleasant place for a picnic, lots of trees for shade and parking, and it's safe for younger children to play in the shallow waters as well.  more »
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  • 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!!
  • Park ranger was so helpful and patient despite the chaos of the peak summer season. What a great experience and stunning place. Tips: Go for an early morning swim at the beach point. Deep calm water makes for a brilliant start to the day. Be aware that you can only stay one night and must be totally self contained. No dump stations. Ie take whatever you bring. Seems fair. Excellent place for families.
  • The park and beach is an 11 out of 10. Great beach for the family. Life guards on duty during summer for that added security.
  • Such a peaceful place! It has several barbecues, nice bathrooms and few walks. Amazing views from the hilltop.
  • Awesome beach and river.clean facilities.well kept grounds. The booking in facilities are one of the worst I have encountered. Took a good hour to do . The staff were very helpful when they were available.

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