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Whitireia Park

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Whitireia Park

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.

Opening hours

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.

Park Notices

Notice to  Whitireia Park Visitors – Radio NZ mast works 23/9/19

Radio New Zealand have advised that weather permitting they plan to start work installing a new transmission mast from the 27 September 2019. The work will be undertaken on a site adjacent to the main park entrance from Thornley Street. Traffic management will be in place during the works. Traffic will only be stopped while lifting is underway, this is likely to be periods of 30 minutes at a time. Park visitors trying to access the park at these times will be able to turn around if they do not want to wait.

The work requires fine/calm conditions and will be undertaken in blocks of three consecutive days.

Given the requirement for good weather to undertake the work it will only be able to give short notice of the works going ahead. Updates will be posted on our website and sent out on Twitter and Facebook.

Please direct all questions regarding these works to RNZ at john.barr@rnz.co.nz

We're creating a safe place for little blue penguins 11/9/19

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.

About Whitireia

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.

Things to do

Park history

From the mid-1820s the area was dominated by the Ngati Toa tribe of Te Rauparaha who had come south from Kawhia and conquered the area. Evidence of Maori occupation, in the form of kumara-growing terraces above the cliffs, can still be seen today.

The anchor stone of the canoe of legendary Maori explore Kupe is believed to have lain near Paremata for centuries. Kupe left the stone, named Maungaroa, to mark the spot where his canoe returned after floating out to sea. The stone was respected by Maori tribes over the centuries, but during the 1840s British troops stationed at Porirua broke chips off it. When some of them later drowned in the harbour it was seen by some Maori as punishment for their act of sacrilege. The stone is now housed in the National Museum in Wellington.

 

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Get in touch

Ranger:
Gary Wheaton

Phone: 0800 496 734
Fax: not available
whitireia.ranger@gw.govt.nz