Enjoy nature walks, mountain biking, fishing and camping in the largest mainland forest within the Auckland region.

Hunua Ranges, Auckland

The Hunua Ranges cover about 400 square kilometres along the south eastern side of the Auckland region. Most of the area lies within the Waharau Regional Park, which has more than 450 species of native plants.

Hiking tracks in the park pass through dense native forests to high ridge lines that offer long range views to the city or the Firth of Thames.

One of the popular shorter walks is to the impressive Hunua Falls. Swimming holes in the numerous streams and rivers offer a refreshing break on a more challenging hike.

More information

  • Several camping areas, equipped with the basic necessities, provide scenic accommodation. Bookings are through Auckland Regional Council.
  • Mountain bikers are welcomed in the ranges and some exciting trails have been built by biking enthusiasts working with the regional council.
  • Both the Mangatawhiri and the Mangatangi dams offer rainbow trout fishing along the face of the dams.

Before you go…

Kauri is part of New Zealand’s heritage. But, kauri dieback is threatening their extinction. Please respect displayed kauri protection guidelines when visiting areas. Find out more about kauri dieback(opens in new window).

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