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Updated 28 November 2017 3:35pm


Walkers enjoying the park


With its outstanding views and grassy open areas, Whitireia Park is popular for walking, running, orienteering, mountain biking, rock climbing, model plane flying, canoeing, fishing, kitesurfing, diving, picnicking and swimming.

Since the devastating fire in early 2010, there has also been a surge in community support for tree planting. Working bees are organised by the Whitireia Park Restoration Group.

Walking and running 

The 5.5 km Onepoto loop track running up the hill from Onehunga Bay then down through the inland valley and circling back along the coast to Onehunga Bay is a very popular walk and has recently been upgraded by GWRC. It takes approximately 2 hours to complete this loop walk.

Please keep your dog under control and remove droppings.


Whitireia Park is very popular with families because of its safe swimming beaches.

Collecting a Habitat pin

Habitat the Game is an interactive mobile game that’s designed to teach 7 to 12 year-olds across the world ecologically, sustainable habits and conservation behaviour while encouraging them and their families to go outside and visit nature locations. It’s free, and available for both Apple and Android operating systems.

Extra points are earned by visiting designated locations (habitat hotspots).  When the user’s mobile device is taken to a habitat location in their area the game unlocks an exclusive ‘pin’ to collect or swap with other players around the world.  You can collect the Black Oyster Catcher pin at the Te Onepoto Loop track. Take the Onepoto Road entrance to Te Onepoto Bay. You will find it in the wetlands area.