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Whitireia Park

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

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.

Whitireia Park is a great place for walking your dog. You can walk your dog off-leash in most areas of the park but they must always be within sight and under voice control. Onehunga Bay is a dogs on lead area. Read more.

The meeting of the Whitireia Park Board to be held on Friday 11 August has been cancelled, the next scheduled meeting is to be held on 1 December 2017



Higgins will be stockpiling road surfacing material up at the concrete pads in Whitireia Park over the next few months for resealing work around Titahi Bay.

Please slow down and watch for heavy vehicle traffic around the Thornley street entrance to the concrete pads. 


The Thornley Street entrance's automatic gate will be fully operational Monday 30th October at 8pm. The closing time will be changing throughout the year depending on season. Signage will be posted at the gate to show the times.

Anyone finding themselves locked in will need to ring Recon Security on 0800 4RECON (0800 473266) to be let out (a fee will apply)


The unofficial entrance and track from the end of Richard street into the park has been temporarily closed due to the track becoming unsafe.  

This piece of land is owned by Porirua City Council and we are awaiting a decision. For further information please contact Porirua City Council on +64 (04) 237 5089. 

Members of the public are warned to keep out until further notice for their own safety.


The Pou area is also closed to vehicle traffic due to the extremely muddy and dangerous conditions. We have fenced off this area.


We are planning aerial spraying to control gorse (Ulex europaeus) and pampas grass (Coraderia selloana). The operational area will include the eastern faces from the inland track to the ridgeline and the western side of the inland track below the golf course in the Te Onepoto valley. It also includes a small area of mature gorse behind the Onehunga Bay toilets. A helicopter will apply the herbicides Metsulfuron (Nu Farm Associate 600) and Glysophate (Nu Farm Weed Master) by aerial boom spraying between 7 am and 5 pm on various days between 7 June 2017 and 30 April 2018 as weather permits. There will be no spraying in weekends or on public holidays.

The aerial application of registered agrichemicals is a permitted activity under the proposed Natural Resources Plan. All properties adjacent to the park will be notified in writing as required by the proposed plan. A spray plan is available on request for joining property owners. Warning signs will be in place to indicate recent herbicide spraying.

Explore Whitireia Park 


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.





Get in touch

Gary Wheaton

Phone: 0800 496 734
Fax: not available