Welcome to Friends of Hunua Ranges

Supporting and assisting the protection and use of the unique Hunua Ranges

Over the last couple of months we have formed a committee and started to get to grips with the “what and how”.

We will be working alongside Auckland Council and hope to have the involvement of anyone and everyone who uses the Hunua Ranges – there are a lot of users, from forestry and Watercare to recreation groups and individuals to hunters and DOC. Any users who would like to be part of the Friends, let us know!

Great to see the opening of the new reception/office area at the Kokako Lodge (near the Hunua Falls), a much-needed improvement. The Lodge is a wonderful 85 bed facility right next to all the activities by the Falls.  See www.kokakolodge.org.nz

Anyone looking for a research project?

How about the relationship between native bees and the forest and the impact of Varroa mite?

If you are going to the Ranges, please be careful and follow instructions posted in the area about Kauri Dieback disease. This is a deadly disease, killing kauri trees throughout the Auckland region.  The Hunua Ranges are currently a healthy kauri area - help us keep it this way.

Park information: http://regionalparks.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/hunuaranges

Track Closures in Hunua Ranges - Help Keep Kauri Standing in Your Backyard

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Help Keep Kauri Standing in Your Backyard...

Link below is to the flyer regards track closures in the Hunua Ranges Regional Park.
Here is the URL of the Auckland Council page for this: http://regionalparks.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/hunuaranges

Here is the content of the flyer;

Help Keep Kauri Standing in Your Backyard

Higher risk tracks in the Hunua Ranges Regional Park are closed from 1 May 2018.

A number of higher risk tracks in the Hunua Ranges Regional Park are closed. A Controlled Area Notice (CAN)* is in place across the forested areas of the Hunua Ranges as well as the Waharau Regional Park.

SCRUB | SPRAY | STAY on the track

We have taken this action to protect against kauri dieback disease, while still enabling some managed use of the park.

All footwear and equipment must be free of soil before entering the park, and any cleaning station encountered must be used.
There are still some open tracks for you to enjoy, however you must follow the requirements of the CAN*.

Remember to SCRUB, SPRAY all footwear and equipment and STAY on the open tracks

What is a Controlled Area Notice (CAN)?

*A CAN has been put in place by the Ministry of Primary Industries.
People who carry visible soil into the Controlled Area on footwear and other equipment may commit an offence under the Biosecurity Act.
This means you must:
- arrive with clean footwear and equipment
- use all hygiene stations encountered.
Compliance officers will monitor track entrances and exits to ensure that this standard is met.

Auckland Council has been working alongside the Ministry of Primary Industries and mana whenua to tackle this complex and challenging issue.

For more information
To find out more information and to receive regular e-updates on track openings and closures register at aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/protectkauri
Thanks for your support.

Link to the PDF file;


Our supporters
  • Auckland MTB Club
  • AristCake
  • Jet Park Airport Hotel
  • Jet iT
  • Big Foot Adventures
  • Auckland Council
  • Kokako Recovery Project