Duder Regional Park is a beautiful coastal farm park in Auckland’s east – and 40 minutes from the CBD. A peninsula sitting out in Tamaki Strait, Duder has wonderful views over undulating farmland, back towards the city and then over the inner Hauraki Gulf islands and out toward Coromandel Peninsula. There are several walks in the park – on our adventure we walked the along the Farm Loop and part of the way along the Whakawaipara Pa walk toward the end of the peninsula. We retraced our steps, but if you continue along the Farm Loop walk, it will take you back to the carpark. The Farm Loop takes takes about 2 hours and most of the walk is along the farm tracks and is suitable for buggies (but it can get a little muddy in winter). There are also shorter walks – check out our map below.
The peninsula was the first landing place in the Waitemata Harbour of the Tainui canoe back in the 14th century. In 1866, Thomas Duder purchased land from the the local iwi Ngai Tai, and farmed the peninsula until 1995 when it was sold to become a regional park. Duder is named after the family which still farms the surrounding area today.
Duder Regional Park is a working farm and you will be strolling amongst the sheep (lambs in Spring!) so dogs need to stay at home. But – you can bring your horse should you have one! You’ll need a (free) permit which is available from the Regional Council. You can also mountain bike on some of the tracks – check the Regional Council website to learn more.
Duder is 10km from the lovely village of Clevedon – if you are passing through on a Sunday morning be sure to check out the fabulous farmers market and pick up some treats for your walk. Further on from Duder is Umupuia Beach, which has good swimming at high tide (check the tides here) so you can cool off after your hike around the park. There is also a playground about half way along the beach. Alternatively, little Te Wharau Bay is 30 minutes walk from the Duder carpark within the park itself. From Umupuia Beach, it is about a 10 minute drive along the beautiful Pohutukawa Coast to the coastal suburb of Maraetai where you can enjoy another playground and get icecream, coffee and takeaways.
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