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Atiu Creek Regional Park, Kaipara

Conservation Volunteers New Zealand (CVNZ), in partnership with Auckland Council and endorsement from Te Uri o Hau, are undertaking an exciting environmental restoration project at Ātiu Creek Regional Park, just 90 minutes from the city centre, on the shores of the beautiful Kaipara Harbour.

This project, named RACE (Restoring Ātiu Creek Ecology) is helping to achieve the vision of Ko te hau o te tangata, ko te hau te whenua – The vitality of the people, the essence of the land.


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 an 843 hectare 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, pūriri and pohutukawa found on the ridges and coastal reaches. Parts of the park are also home to the nationally threatened weweia (New Zealand Dabchick) and pāteke (Brown Teal).

Our work at Ātiu Creek

We have been working at Ātiu Creek Regional Park for the last 13 years and thanks to generous funds from Auckland Council, Foundation North, the Ministry for Primary Industry’s Te Uru Rāku Fund, Rotary and Mayors Million Trees we have been able to implement a more focused programme there making it our Flagship Project in the North.

Through this funding we have:

  • – Built and run our onsite plant nursery where we now raise over 30,000 native plants every year, from seeds collected within the park, to supply our revegetation plantings here.
  • – Hosted over 10,000 incredible volunteers who have helped us plant more than 167,000        plants, as well as removed vast areas of invasive weeds, helped us in the nursery, repaired kilometres of fences and more!
  • – Run residential projects as well as one off volunteering opportunities with both Kiwis and    international volunteers.
  • – Worked with individuals, groups, businesses and schools from the community.


Get Involved

We have already made amazing progress towards restoring this beautiful park, however, a lot more still needs to be done as the environmental health of the Kaipara is in serious decline. We need your support to make this project a success and restore this beautiful region.

To get involved or to find out more about upcoming volunteering opportunities call 0800 56 76 86 or email [email protected]

CVNZ and Auckland Council hope for big things at this site and encourage the local community to come visit and get involved. Are you a local marae group or landowner? Get in touch with us to see how we can work together on the restoration of your site.