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Distance: 4.0 km
Time: 1.0 hour
How to get there:
Take State Highway 1 South and turn off at Te Irirangi Drive and bear left. At the fourth set of traffic lights turn right into Ormiston Rd and head towards Whitford. At the T-junction turn left into Whitford and right at the roundabout on to the Whitford - Maraetai Rd. Continue through Maraetai and take the Maraetai Coast Rd to Umupuia. The park is just to the south of Umupuia on North Rd.
Located on the pohutukawa-fringed Whakakaiwhara Peninsula, which juts out into the Tamaki Strait, Duder Regional Park is a 162-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 tranquility, 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.
In the 14th century, this was the first place in the Waitemata Harbour to be visited by Tainui canoe. Its crew went ashore and harvested forest foods, which led to the peninsula's name - Whakakaiwhara meaning ' to eat the bracts of the kiekie vine'.
Some of the descendants of the crew settled in the area and became known as Ngai Tai. They lived on the peninsula until the 1860s, taking advantage of its abundant food resources (including seasonal shark fishing) and its strategic location near the Wairoa River mouth. Ngai Tai's affiliation to the land is reflected in the many archaeological sites on and near the park.
The most significant of these are Whakakaiwhara Pa at the tip of the peninsula and Oue Pa several kilometres to the south. The Kauri forest on the peninsula was logged in the 1850s. In 1866 the Duder family began its association with the area when Thomas Duder, a survivor of the HMS Buffalo wreck (1840), bought the 243-hectare property from Ngai Tai. His descendants farmed the property until it was sold to the Auckland Regional Council and became a regional park in 1995.
In 2010, the ARC added another 13.7 hectares to the original park with the purchase of an ‘L’ shaped block at the park entrance and beneath the foothills to the Whakakaiwhara Peninsula. This will offer increased recreation areas, better access to the park and its historic woolshed and greater protection for the spectacular peninsula.