Auckland Southern Parks
Hunua, Auckland

Hunua, Auckland
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Departs from:
2nd Floor, Dalmation Society Building, 10 New North Road Eden Terrace 1021 NZ
ph:00 64 9 300 7320
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This week Conservation Volunteers will visit one of Auckland's Southern Parks where we will be carrying out a range of vital conservation activities.

Each of the Southern Parks of Auckland are varied and unique. Parks we may visit include Tapapakanga Park which is rich in Maori history and has stunning views. For many centuries Tapapakanga was an important dwelling place for Maori tribes including the Marutaahu iwi, Ngati PÄoa and Ngati Whanaunga. Tapapakanga is home to many native birds. Among these are the black and south island pied oystercatchers, black shags, white faced herons and kingfishers.

Other parks include the Hunua Ranges and Omana Regional Park. The Hunua Ranges cover some 14,000 hectares and contain the largest block of forest on the mainland of the Auckland Region. The forest is home to the Kokako and Hochstetter’s frog. The streams are home to kokopu; an increasingly threatened native fish that journeys from the sea, into the hills to spawn. The Hunuas are also a local stronghold for the North Island tomtit, and kaka have recently been reported to be breeding there.

Omana Regional Park lies on a gently contoured knoll from which visitors can enjoy expansive views of the inner Hauraki Gulf. The forest is home to native birds such as fantails (piwakawaka), grey warblers (riro riro), tui and native pigeon (kereru). Pukeko, spur winged plover and paradise shelducks (putangitangi) roam around the farmed area of the park. South Island pied oystercatchers (torea), pied shags (kawau tikitiki) and kingfishers (kotare) can also be seen on the foreshore and pohutukawa-fringed cliffs.

For more information on this project please call Conservation Volunteers on 0800 56 76 86 or email

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For more information, or for help with your booking, please contact the Eden Terrace office on 00 64 9 300 7320 or email