A huge thank you to volunteers from IAG, DLA Piper, HSBC and AUT who came along to our planting day at Atiu Creek Regional Park last week and had a great day planting 1,324 native trees and shrubs. The weather was stunning and we spent the day planting on a beautiful site overlooking the harbour followed by a delicious BBQ. We really loved having this amazing group of volunteers along who were fun, enthusiastic and hardworking. These guys achieved an amazing amount in a short time and we really appreciate them taking the long journey to Atiu Creek to spend the day hard at work. We hope the views were worth it.
Conservation Volunteers New Zealand (CVNZ), working with Auckland Council and 1 Million Trees are working on the environmental restoration at Ātiu Creek Regional Park in the Kaipara Harbour. This year we have the ambitious aim of planting 32,000 trees at this park alone and we’d love to have your help. Please email [email protected] to find out about upcoming events.
Atiu Creek Regional Park
Ātiu Creek has a long history of human occupation extending back centuries and this is reflected in the numerous archaeological sites found in the park. These include several large pā (fortifications), the strategically important Opou walking and canoe portage between the north and south Kaipara. Other archaeological sites including terraces, gardening areas, food storage pits, and midden sites are found throughout the property.
Ātiu Creek Regional Park lies on the eastern edge of the Kaipara Harbour, New Zealand’s largest estuary and the second largest harbour in the world. The harbour contains ecologically significant sand dune, sea grass, freshwater and estuarine ecosystems and the surrounding catchment area covers 640,000 hectares across the Auckland and Northland regions.
The park itself is a patchwork of rolling pastures, exotic tree plantations, and majestic stands of rare and ancient native forest, wetlands and estuarine mangroves. More than a third of the park is covered by mature and regenerating native forest with large, old kauri, puriri and pohutukawa found on the ridges and coastal reaches.