• Have your say on the track plan for Waitākere Ranges Regional Park

    In May 2018, Auckland Council closed the forested areas of the Waitākere Ranges Regional Park, with some exemptions where a Controlled Area Notice is in place. This significant decision was made to increase protection of our forests from kauri dieback disease. This decision followed a rāhui placed over Te Waonui ā Tiriwa (the forested area of the Waitākere Ranges) by Te Kawerau ā Maki in December 2017.

    More information on the closure is available here

    There is significant demand for recreational opportunity in the Waitākere Ranges and community expectation that further tracks will be reopened. Te Kawerau ā Maki and Auckland Council have been working together to develop a track plan which identifies priorities for track upgrades and re-opening over the next two-five years. 

    In making the decision to reopen tracks the following has and will continue to be taken into account:

    • priority on recreating coastal connectivity, providing for multi-day walking opportunities and kauri-safe access to identified iconic destinations – this is in line with feedback received during public engagement undertaken ahead of the decision to close the forested area of the park
    • tracks opened once they are of a standard where  they protect and support forest health, in particular prevent the movement of soil to stop the spread of kauri dieback both within and out of the park,
    • avoid high value non-symptomatic kauri ecosystems, and
    • provide a range of recreational opportunities that where possible are concentrated to the forest edge.

    It is envisaged that further work will be required to manage changing visitor demands to the Waitākere Ranges, including rationalisation of the track network. This will be considered as part of the review of the Regional Parks Management Plan in 2020.

    The 2019 work programme has been confirmed, with design and/or construction beginning in this period.

    We are seeking community feedback on priorities for track upgrades and reopening beyond the current work programme. The current and proposed future work programmes are outlined in the accompanying map and list. 

    Following this community consultation we will consider the feedback received and finalise our track plan.

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