In May 2018, areas of the Waitākere Ranges were closed to the public to help prevent the spread of kauri dieback disease. The 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.
Protect our kauri trees for more information on the closures.
Te Kawerau ā Maki and Auckland Council have developed a track re-opening plan, which identifies priorities for track upgrades and re-opening over the next two-five years. Based on feedback before the closure, priority will be given to:
- recreating coastal connectivity
- providing for multi-day walking opportunities
- providing access to iconic destinations while keeping kauri safe
- tracks that protect and support forest health and prevent the movement of soil to stop the spread of kauri dieback both within and out of the park
- avoiding high value non-symptomatic kauri ecosystems
- providing a range of recreational opportunities that, where possible, are concentrated to the forest edge.
When you can have your say
You can have your say until 5pm on Friday 15 March 2019.