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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

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.

Onehunga Bay is a dogs on lead area. Read more.

HELICOPTER OPERATION

The Department Of Conservation will be conducting a helicopter operation, which involves transferring equipment to and from Mana Island and the concrete pads at Whitireia Park, Thornley Street entrance. This will occur Thursday 17 May 2018 with an alternative date of Friday 18th May 2018. The Park will remain open but the pads area will be closed off to the public.

PLANTING DAY

Whitireia Park Restoration crew is having a planting day on 27 May. We will be planting the last area to complete a corridor of native plants from Onehunga Bay up to link with plantings in the Te Onepoto stream valley. This corridor will encourage kereru to stop off and feed, and provide a further diversity of seed to the area, on their flights between Porirua Scenic reserve, the Whitireia bush remnant and wetland and Karehana Bay Reserve in Plimmerton. We will also be infilling gaps from previous years’ plantings in the valley adding a more diverse range of species. Native lizards and insects will also use this area.

This is a relatively sheltered easy site but do bring 3-4 layers of clothing, working shoes. Some spades can be provided but bring one if you can. This is a child friendly site. Hot drinks and food supplied. Meet at Onehunga Bay carpark at 9am. For further info, call Robyn 027 437 2497

BEWARE OF HEAVY TRUCKS OPERATING

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. 

TRACK CLOSED

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.

POU AREA CLOSED TO VEHICLES

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

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.

 

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Get in touch

Ranger:
Gary Wheaton

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