Tāwharanui Peninsula

Welcome to one of Auckland’s treasured hidden gems. The sprawling open sanctuary boasts incredible surf, wild kiwi and some of the most beautiful white beaches in the region.

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This slice of paradise has been enjoyed for more than 800 years, with evidence of five pā (fortified settlements) and sacred places around the peninsula. Oral stories passed down through generations confirm Tāwharanui was a their home for many centuries. At the time of first European contact, the peninsula was occupied by both Ngāti Raupō and Ngāti Manuhiri tribes. In the late 19th century, the region was developed as a farm, which was bought more than a century later by the Auckland Regional Authority (ARA). In 2006, Tāwharanui Regional Park became New Zealand’s first “open sanctuary”, a special place where recreation, conservation and farming intersect.