Ark in the Park

Restoring the natural world of the Waitākere Ranges

Located within Cascade Kauri Park and the Waitākere Ranges Regional Park, Ark in the Park is home to ancient forest giants, pristine waterfalls and streams, and some very special wildlife.

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Ark in the Park is located in the Waitākere Ranges, much of which is currently closed by a rāhui to minimise the spread of kauri dieback disease. Learn more about kauri here, and check out which tracks have opened here.

Thanks to support and permission from mana whenua Te Kawerau ā Maki, our Ark team is specially trained and has the privilege to continue protecting our native taonga like kōkako within the rāhui area.

Want to visit the Ark in the Park? Our heart has recently re-opened: check out Te Piringa / Auckland City Walk to see where it all began over 20 years ago, and if you’ve got the time, open tracks now weave right through the northern half of the Ark where you’ll meet toutouwai / NI robin if you’re patient (if you spot them, let us know!).

Prefer to head south and try your luck spotting kōkako? The Cutty Grass Track passes through multiple territories, and one pair spend their time living between the Ark and across the road in Spragg Bush.

The Ark is a collaborative project between Forest & Bird and Auckland Council, supported by local mana whenua Te Kawerau ā Maki.

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