The Official Waiheke Island Tourism Site

Waiheke Island, Auckland, New Zealand

Whakanewha Regional Park


Opened in 2007, Whakanewha Regional Park is known for its mature coastal forest with taraire, kohekohe and old kanuka trees, cascading streams, and crescent-shaped beach with forested headlands. 

Located on the South side of the Island, Whakanewha has a large wetland, home to some uncommon birds, bittern, banded rail, spotless crake and the New Zealand dotterel.

At high tide the shelly beach is often calm & ideal for swimming with nearby picnic areas. At low tide a sand/mud flat is exposed, so any pleasure boat anchoring should be wary of the depth.

Whakanewha means “to shade the eyes from the setting sun.” 

The Auckland Council manages the Poukaraka Flats Campground at Rocky Bay, Whakanewha Regional Park on Waiheke Island. 

Kauri dieback is a deadly disease, killing Kauri trees throughout the Auckland region. The Kauri in Whakanewha Regional Park are currently healthy, please help us keep it that way!

For more information visit Kauri protection. 

Auckland Councils Regional parks information site can be found here.

Whakanewha Regional Park