Park reopens after 10 years
A regional park that has been closed to the public for 10 years will finally reopen this Saturday.
Waitawa Regional Park on the ClevedonKawakawa Rd will open its gates from 8am and there will be special activities there all weekend to celebrate.
The 188-hectare park was bought by the former Auckland Regional Council in 2004.
But Auckland Council was unable to develop the land for eight years because of a lease held by Orica Mining Services, which manufactured explosive materials on the site.
That lease expired in 2012.
The park has since been upgraded for a range of activities, including mountain biking, kayaking, horse riding and tramping.
It is estimated that 20,000 people will visit Waitawa every year in the early stages.
That number is forecast to increase to 100,000.