Duder Regional Park

Located on the pohutukawa-fringed Whakakaiwhara Peninsula, which juts out into the Tamaki Strait, Duder Regional Park is a 148-hectare coastal farm park.

If you want to experience an escape to the Hauraki Gulf without leaving the mainland, come to Duder Regional Park and enjoy some of the region's most spectacular 360-degree views.

Its landscape, including rolling pasture, high coastal ridges a remote headland, adds to the feeling of isolation and tranquillity, almost as if you were on your own Gulf island. The peaceful setting provides for a number of recreation opportunities including walking, picnicking, horse riding (by permit only), mountain biking, orienteering, fishing, exploring the rocky shore and swimming at high tide.

Duder Regional Park takes its name from the European family who owned the land for almost 130 years.

Coastal Walk 35 minutes 2 km
Low tide only, walk to the park from Umupuia Beach. Walk around the coast to a small sandy beach framed with Pohutukawa.
Farm Loop 40 minutes 4 km
Follow the red waymakers through the rolling farmland and enjoy some of the best coastal views in Auckland.
Whakakaiwhara Pa 60 minutes 2 km
This walk branches off the Farm Loop and will take you to the Maori pa site.
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Omana Regional Park

Omana Regional Park lies on a gently contoured knoll from which visitors can enjoy expansive views of the inner Hauraki Gulf.

Located south east of Auckland city, between Beachlands and Maraetai, Omana is an ideal family park with a shelly beach offering safe swimming at high tide, picnic areas and barbecues. It has friendly, pet farmyard animals, which are always popular with the kids.

The park has an intriguing name which is a shorthand version of O-Manawatere ("the dwelling place of Manawatere") a Ngai Tai pa site in the park. Ngai Tai tradition records that this ancestor travelled from the Pacific homeland not by canoe, but by gliding over the waves on a Taniwha.'

Farm Walk 10 minutes 0 km
A gentle stroll across a rural setting.
Perimeter Walk 60 minutes 2 km
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Hunua Ranges

The Hunua Ranges frame the region's southeastern skyline and make up Auckland's largest forested landscape. More than 14,000 hectares of native forest filters about 2300mm of rain annually into four dams, which supply most of Auckland's water.

The park itself features tramping tracks, mountain biking, amazing scenery, fishing, swimming pools and waterfalls. The Hunua Ranges are also home to Auckland's only mainland population of one of its rarest bird - the kokako, and a refuge for the native Hochstetter's frog (pepeke).

While parts of the Hunua Ranges are accessible to experienced trampers only, two key areas provide plenty of tracks, views and activities suitable for families.

The first of these is in the west of the ranges and includes the popular Hunua Falls and Wairoa Reservoir. The other takes in the south and central part of the ranges around the Mangatangi and Mangatawhiri reservoirs.

Maori used the hills and forests of the Hunua Ranges primarily as a source of food and timber, and as a refuge rather than for permanent residence.

The contempory name for the Hunua Ranges comes from the NW foothills near Ardmore Filter Station known as Te Hunua (hunua means 'high lying sterile lands'). The traditional name for the ranges is Te Ngaherehere o Kohukohunui ("the Expansive Forests of Kohukohunui") after the highest peak, Kohukohunui. Rugged terrain, poor soils and difficult access meant this land was the last in the Auckland region to be settled by Europeans.

From around 1870 parts of the forest were cleared for farming and for timber, but farming was always a marginal activity here. However, the Hunua Falls have been a popular attraction for Aucklanders since Victorian times, when they were known as the "Wairoa Falls" and visitors travelled by steamer to Clevedon and took day trips to the falls. Two manganese mines have operated in the Hunua Ranges. During World War II, ore from a mine in the Moumoukai Valley was transported from the hilltop via a flying fox to a railway on the valley floor. But water was to be the main resource taken from the Hunua Ranges.

The four water supply dams there include the Mangatangi Reservoir, which is New Zealand's largest water supply dam and second largest earth dam. The extensive 169-hectare lake holds 37 million cubic metres of water and has an average daily yield of 101,100 cubic metres.

Hunua Falls Loop Walk 20 minutes ?? km
This track climbs from the Wairoa River up to the Falls through lush forest, along a shady stream to a lookout platform.
Suspension Bridge Loop 90 minutes 3 km
Start at the Suspension Bridge, access via Moumoukai Hill Rd. This walk climbs through the forest to a spectacular platform above the Wairoa Reservoir.
Valley Loop Track 90 minutes ?? km
The best place to start his easy grade loop is the Mangatawhiri carpark and follow the river down through the paddocks to Mangatangi Hill Rd.
Moumoukai Farm Track 105 minutes ?? km
This track detours off the Valley Loop Track and winds through areas where regenerating kanuka now borders the remaining paddocks.
Mangatawhiri Challenge Track 120 minutes 5 km
Follow the Waterline Keeney Track until turning off on to a single track for excellent views of the reservoirs. Not recommended in wet conditions.
Wairoa Loop Track 180 minutes 6 km
This track climbs steeply from the Wairoa picnic site to a lookout place form, there is a 420m loop track that will take you closer to the Wairoa reservoir.
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Maraetai Beach

The settlements of Omana and Maraetai face north and are sited on either side of a headland, with the land rising quite steeply back from the foreshore thus offering spectacular and in many cases panoramic views stretching from Auckland City to the Coromandel Ranges. Maraetai was a very early european settlement dating back to 1838 and like Beachlands was subdivided in the 1920s. Omana's major housing developments followed after a large subdivision in the late 1950's.

The Maori name "Maraetai" means "meeting place by the sea". The settlement has been well named for the meaning still holds true today as many families flock to this beautiful part of The Pohutukawa Coast to swim, picnic, fish, or just walk the beaches.

Swimming is safe at both Omana and Maraetai, with grassed verges suitable for picnicing and relaxing on. There is excellent parking and a grassed area supporting a large children's play area.

All information provided by Auckland Regional Council and Manukau City Council.