Whitireia Park

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Whitireia Park

Whitireia Road, Titahi Bay

The main entrance to the park is via Whitireia Rd Titahi Bay. Turn off State Highway 1 at Porirua and follow Titahi Bay Road, to the end of Main Road, turn right into Bay Drive and then left into Thornley Street. Thornley St becomes Transmitter St, then turn left into Whitireia Road to enter the park.

For more information about other entrances check the Getting there tab in left hand menu.

Opening hours

8am till dusk

Dogs are welcome.

Whitireia Park is a headland with commanding views over Mana Island, Porirua Harbour and its surrounding area. The park comprises around 180 hectares of predominantly open space grasslands with a remnant patch of native bush.  It provides leisure activities such as fishing, mountain biking, horse riding, rock climbing 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. 

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: 04 237 5793
Fax: 027 223 7115
whitireia.ranger@gw.govt.nz