Newest park opens up harbour to all
Aucklanders have a new playground to explore this weekend with the opening of the third-largest park in the region.
Atiu Creek Regional Park in northern Kaipara opens at noon on Saturday with a family day put on by the Auckland Regional Council.
Parks and heritage committee chairwoman Sandra Coney says Atiu Creek will open up Kaipara to the rest of Auckland.
“It’s an opportunity to get to know a part of the region people know very little about,” she says.
“It’s a very beautiful property with views that go on forever.”
The 846-hectare park on the banks of the Kaipara Harbour features native bush, rolling farmland, mangroves and a totara forest.
Walking tracks have been designed to suit all ages and abilities.
Atiu Creek has 17 known historic places, including pa sites and a 19th century European settler camp. It’s also home to native birds including the brown teal and North Island brown kiwi.
The park was gifted to the people of Auckland in July 2006 by Jackie and Pierre Chatelanat who wanted to ensure all New Zealanders could access Kaipara Harbour.
Atiu Creek Regional Park is 20km west of Wellsford and parking is available for the opening day on Saturday. – Dallas Gurney, AUT
Open day: Auckland’s newest regional park opens on Saturday.