Sanders Reserve is an amazing 16.5-hectare multi-use park in Paremoremo which has panoramic views overlooking the Waitematā Harbour. The park offers a variety of recreational areas, including mountain bike trails, designated areas for horse riding, a playground, and an array of picnic areas.
Sanders Reserve is steeped in history which is documented in the carvings of an old macrocarpa, created by artist and sculptor, Phil Bonham. The ‘Faraway Tree’ which can be found within the reserve is adorned with carvings which represent the enchanting history of the park. The tree features depictions of waka, animal heads, and important local figures, including former landowner George Sanders. The Faraway Tree is also accompanied by a second sculpture by Phil Bonham which is affectionately known as the ‘Seat of Life.’ Birds are a common theme throughout the sculpture, which includes imagery of a pūkeko and a takahē.
The reserve also has significant ecological significance, with coastal forests that provide important habitat for many native birds including, pīwakawaka (NZ fantail), tūī, and kāruhiruhi (pied shag). Sustainable Paremoremo are a local community group who have been working hard in recent years to restore this area by planting over 20,000 native trees. In 2018, CVNZ partnered with Sustainable Paremoremo to help assist with the restoration of Sanders Reserve. With the help of our volunteers, we have planted over 10,000 native shrubs and trees at the reserve, including a stunning kōwhai grove. We also regularly revisit the reserve to release newly planted trees from strangling weeds, and clear areas of noxious weeds such as woolly nightshade and blackberry. To date, CVNZ has hosted over 30 volunteer days at Sanders Reserve with plenty more to come! We would love for you to join us!
For further information on how to get involved at Sanders Reserve, please call 0800 56 76 86 or email [email protected].