Tawharanui Regional Park
Pristine Regional park and open sanctuary
Set on a remote peninsula, Tawharanui Regional Park boasts some of the Auckland region's most beautiful white sand beaches, rolling pastures, shingled bays, native coastal forest and regenerating wetlands. The 588 hectares of Tawharanui Regional Park is New Zealand's first open sanctuary which integrates conservation (dogs are strictly forbidden), sustainable farming and recreation.
Tawharanui Regional Park offers a large Department of Conservation campground for tents and motorhomes (Bookings are advisable), walking tracks, which take in spectacular views and meander through tempting bays, a marine park, established over thirty years ago, ensures a good time for divers, and bird watchers.
The Tawharanui Open Sanctuary Society TOSSI was formed in 2002 and is involved in volunteer programs, fundraising, education and advocacy. With their help, a 2.5 km predator-proof fence was built across Tawharanui peninsula to create a pest-free refuge. Because of this, many bird species have returned to breed or been re-introduced to the sanctuary including kiwi, pateke, kakariki, bellbirds, robins, kaka, saddlebacks and whiteheads.
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