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Whitireia Park

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.

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.

Park notices

Aerial spraying to protect our natives

We will be carrying out an aerial spraying operation on an area of coastal escarpment (cliffs) and hillside shown on the map. This is to protect important plants like Leptinella nana and Melicytus crassifolius from pest plants. It will take 8 hours – potentially split over more than one day - at some point between February and May 2019 when the weather allows. It will be restricted to weekdays between 6am and 5pm and won’t take place on a public or school holiday. We will only carry out the operation when wind conditions are not strong enough to carry the spray. If the conditions change, we will immediately stop and resume on another day.

During the operation the inland track between Onepoto and Onehunga Bays will be closed as well as the cliff track in the southern coastal area. Signage will be in the area giving advice. It’s safe to walk on the tracks when the operation is finished. Keep dogs on a lead, it will be safe for them once the herbicide has dried – more information on signs in the area.

Find out more about our safer spraying programme.

We're creating a safe place for little blue penguins

Please follow signage around the coast and keep your dogs on lead between July and February.

Penguin breeding season runs between July and February and dogs are a major threat to nesting little blue penguins in Whitireia Park. Adult penguins come ashore in winter to build a nest with chicks fledging later on in summer. Nesting boxes and natural burrows along the coastline provide safe places for them.

We are asking dog owners to make sure their pooches are kept on leash during the nesting season and then, outside of the season, 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.

Please be vigilant and help us protect these little treasures. If you spot any dogs misbehaving you either kindly remind the owners of the nesting penguins or call Porirua City Council’s dog control on (04) 237 5089.

Improving facilities at Whitieira Pou

We are about to start construction of a carpark and beautification of the Whitireia Pou area on 3 December.

For safety reasons, the area will be closed to the public while works are underway. Please also be aware of heavy traffic on the roads and around the work site. We will provide regular updates on progress during construction. For any enquiries please contact the Park Ranger.

Kaitawa point gate closure: an update - Nov 2018

We’ve had a few complaints that we’ve not told people we’re closing the road to Kaitawa Point and locking the gate soon, permanently restricting vehicle access to this area. We apologise if this came as a shock to some of you and we wanted to give some more background to this change.

Not only will this closure protect this fragile coastal eco-system but it will allow native plants to establish themselves. Restricting vehicle access also means less vandalism, rubbish dumping and the lighting of fires. Closing the Kaitawa Point Road for vehicles was proposed in the Whitireia Park Management Plan 2016. Public submissions supported this course of action, and the Whitireia Park Board approved the decision to protect this area.

Park users can still access the area for recreation and walking and it will now be much safer for park users. It’s also part of a the bigger project to redevelop the whole Pou area, which we are kicking off. We do understand this closure will be of some inconvenience for a few of you but it will enhance the park experience for many people. Ongoing updates on this project will be posted on the Park News page.

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.





Get in touch

Gary Wheaton

Phone: 0800 496 734
Fax: not available