Whitireia Road, Titahi Bay
The main entrance via Whitireia Rd Titahi Bay. Turn off SH1 at Porirua and follow Titahi Bay Road, to the end of Main Road, turn right into Bay Drive & then left into Thornley Street then Transmitter St, then turn left into Whitireia Road to enter the park.
For more information about other entrances check the Getting there page.
6am till Dusk
Dogs are welcome but must be kept under control at all times. Onehunga Bay is a dogs on lead area.
Total Fire Ban all year round. Fireworks are prohibited.
Park may be closed at any time due to weather.
Penguin breeding season runs between July and February and is currently in full swing! Adult kororā come ashore in winter to build nest with chicks fledging later on in summer. Nesting boxes as well as natural burrows are along the coastline and are a safe place for them.
Dogs are a major threat to nesting little blue penguins in Whitireia Park. We are asking dog owners to make sure their pooches are kept on leash during the nesting season and then, outside of the season, that kept under control at all times around the coast. Signs have been erected to point out where the most vulnerable parts of the coast are.
We are really hoping the public will be vigilant and help us protect these taonga. We ask that if you spot any dogs misbehaving that you either kindly remind the owners of the nesting penguins or call Porirua City Council’s dog control on (04) 237 5089.
Whitireia Park is a headland with commanding views over Mana Island and Porirua Harbour. The park comprises around 180 hectares of predominantly open space grasslands with some native bush.
It provides leisure activities such as fishing, mountain biking, horse riding, rock climbing, bird spotting and walking. The park also provides a unique opportunity for people to undertake a variety of leisure activities in or on the water including swimming, kite surfing and diving.
Steeped in Māori history, it is believed that the anchor stone of the canoe of legendary Māori explorer, Kupe, lay on Onehunga Beach for centuries. The stone is now housed in Te Papa Museum.
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