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Waitawa Regional Park

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A tribal homeland for Ngāti Pāoa and Ngāi Tai, the park boasts the best example of a headland pā (fortified village) in the Auckland region, largely unchanged from when it was last occupied as a fortress.

From the 1950s, the land was used for storing and manufacturing explosives. The wharf, buildings used for storing explosives and a test cell are reminders of this industrial past.

Waitawa was purchased in 2004 with Auckland's future recreation needs in mind and is the first regional park to open since Auckland Council was established. Visitors can walk, swim, kayak, mountain bike, horse ride and fish at the park, as well as enjoy stunning views of the Hauraki Gulf.

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  • Clevedon-Kawakawa Road, 53km south of central Auckland
  • Mountain-biking, walking and horse-riding trails
  • From 10 March, park open 6am-9pm (daylight saving) and 6am-7pm (non-daylight saving)

Address: Clevedon-Kawakawa Road, Kawakawa Map
Opening Hours: open 24hrs to pedestrians

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