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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.

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 these news pages.

Penguin breeding season is here - posted 8/10/2018

We're creating a safe place for little blue penguins - please keep dogs under control as penguin breeding season is upon us in Whitieria park. 

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