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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

Opens: 6am daily all year

6pm May 1 – August 31
7pm Sept 1 – Sept 30
8pm Oct 1 – Oct 31
9pm Nov 1 – Feb 28
8pm Mar 1 – Mar 31
7pm April 1 – April 30

Dogs are welcome but must be kept under control at all times. Onehunga Bay is a dogs on lead area. You can find a dog poo bin with free bags by the Thornley St entrance.

Total Fire Ban all year round. Fireworks are prohibited in all Regional Parks and Forests.

Park may be closed at any time due to weather.

Park notices

COVID-19 update

Posted 7/9/21

At Alert Level 2, we need to play it safe. Park trails are very busy at present, be aware of other walkers and bikers.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Keep a 2m distance from people you don’t know
  • The ranger’s office will remain closed at level 2
  • Dogs must be on leads
  • When using public facilities please wear a mask
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Stay home if you are unwell

Read the full guidelines >

Warning - Sewage leak in Whitireia Park

Posted 20/7/21
Update, 23/7/21

All tracks in Whitireia will be open for the weekend, additional work will be required from next Monday which will involve track closures around the coastal track for periods to allow repairs to be undertaken on the wastewater pipeline. 

Update, 21/7/21

The coastal track from Onehunga Bay to Te Onepoto Bay/Estuary remains closed. Signs are in place at closure points. Please obey the signs to keep yourself safe and allow contractors to get on with the repair

The Inland Valley section of track from Onehunga Bay to the Boatsheds entrance at Te Onepoto Bay is open for use. Care should be taken as vehicles and machinery are using this for access to the damaged pipe

It is hoped things will return to normal in the next couple of days and we will provide an update once this has occurred.

We have had to close the whole coastal track at the Onepoto end at Whitireia Park due to a sewage leak. Wellington Water is working on this issue now and will advise us when this has been resolved. Please refer any questions to Wellington Water on 04 912 4470 or email them at

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 Maori history, it is believed that the anchor stone of the canoe of legendary Maori explorer, Kupe, lay on Onehunga Beach for centuries. The stone is now housed in Te Papa Museum.

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