New­est park opens up har­bour to all

Auckland City Harbour News - - News -

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

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Open day: Auck­land’s new­est re­gional park opens on Satur­day.

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