Track Closures

Ark in the Park have been advised by Auckland Council that from 8am Tuesday the 1st of May, we must temporarily halt all Ark in the Park activity. This is part of the Waitakere Ranges wide closure via Controlled Area Notice.

The closure is a response to Kauri dieback disease and the complete ban on activities is expected to last around 2 weeks. This is all the information we currently have, however we will keep you updated with any developments or further information as it becomes known.

Track closures and openings are managed by Auckland Council and Te Kawerau a Maki. More information can be found here:

UPDATE: See Volunteer News regarding latest developments

kauriWelcome to the Ark in the Park website.

Ark in the Park is a partnership between Forest and Bird and the Auckland Council.

It is a conservation project in northern New Zealand rain forest, at the Cascade Kauri Park in Auckland's Waitakere Ranges Regional Park. By controlling non-native pests and predators, we help restore the ecology of the area to its natural state.

Joining in...

Volunteers are a key component of the Ark. They have the opportunity to participate in all aspects - general on-the-ground activities, the Ark Management Committee, research, and in teams responsible for special projects.

If you are interested in helping Ark in the Park, we would be very pleased to welcome you to our happy (truly!) band of volunteers. We really enjoy what we do, and it’s great to see new volunteers sharing not just the work but also the fun. Check out theBeing a Volunteerpages to see what's involved.

Giving support...

Alternatively, if you are not able to be a volunteer, financial support via Help a Hectare is another way you can directly contribute to the project. This support sustains our work and is much appreciated.


We also extend a welcome to any visitors to this site who are involved in other conservation activities, whether these be larger projects, a neighbourhood group, or on private land. Our project arose from the work of many before us, and we are keen to share what we have learned.

And, if you are here to learn more about conservation, or the natural world of the Waitakeres, then we hope these pages will be informative and enjoyable for you, also.

Get in touch...

If you can't find the information you need in these pages, we would be pleased to respond to any inquiries. You can direct these to ourArk in the Park contact people.

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