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Friends of Regional Parks visit to Te Rau Puriri Regional Park 20th September 2015

posted Sep 16, 2015, 2:45 PM by Mels Barton
The Friends of Regional Parks invite members and any interested people to join them in a visit to Te Rau Puriri Regional Park. This park at South Head on the South Kaipara Peninsula is a relatively new park giving access to the southern shoreline of the Kaipara Harbour and offering fine views over the harbour.

The Regional Park shares a boundary with the Department of Conservation’s Lake Otoatoa Reserve and thus allows the interesting possibility of the creation of a track from the east coast of the South Head Peninsula right across to the Woodhill Forest on the west coast. Lack of funding for both the Regional Park and DOC seems to be the reason this concept has not been progressed.

To get to Te Rau Puriri take State Highway 16 to Parkhurst Road, Helensville and follow Parkhurst Road to continue on South Head Road  (37kms in total from the roundabout where you turned left onto Parkhurst Road to the park).

When you see the park sign on your right do not attempt to turn right to the parking area at the park entrance as it is dangerous to do so due to it being on a blind bend. Continue on a short distance to a  graveled area on the left side of the road. You could either park here and walk back or turn with care and drive back to the park entrance.

We will meet at 11.00am in the entrance on South Head Road. Travel time from Auckland CBD to the park is approximately 1hr 15mins. Cancellation news in case of bad weather will be posted here on the morning of the visit.