The Atuanui Scenic Reserve is a 615 hectare native forest reserve of mature mixed podocarp and hardwood forest just over 70 km north west of Auckland on SH16. It is the largest area of native forest between the Waipoua Forest and the Waitakere Ranges.

Highlights include some large kauri, rimu and puriri trees as well as a dominant taraire canopy and a rich variety of other native vegetation. Kereru, tui, fantail, ruru and tomtits are some of the birds seen and heard at Atuanui.

There are many niche areas of high biodiversity, including king fern, stalked adders tongue fern, and several species of orchid. A wetland area at the mouth of the Mangatutu Stream on the Hoteo River is another special feature.

There is archaeological evidence of extensive pa sites and fortifications (including defensive ditches, terraces, middens and pits), on the peak, on the north-western slopes of Atuanui, and beside the Hoteo River.

The reserve is also the setting for the Mt Auckland Walkway - one of the very first walkways gazetted in New Zealand.

The Restoration Project

The Atuanui Restoration Project is a community partnership initiated by Kaipara Forest and Bird with local residents, Iwi, the Auckland Regional Council, the Department of Conservation, the Rodney District Council and other supporters. The goal is to establish a mainland restoration project at the Atuanui (Mt Auckland) Scenic Reserve to restore the reserve to a healthy, functioning forest teeming with native flora and fauna and a melodious dawn chorus.


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The project:  The goal is to establish a mainland restoration project at the Atuanui Scenic Reserve to restore the reserve ....more

Maps:  how to find Atuanui-Mt Auckland and a map of the reserve ....more 

Pest monitoring and control: a regular monitoring programme is underway along with some pest control  ....more

Join us:  The restoration project needs more volunteers to help with pest control, monitoring and establishing bait-lines and also financial support ....more


For the Atuanui brochure, click here

For the latest newsletter, click here

The brochure and newsletter are in PDF format. If you do not have Acrobat Reader, click on icon below to download it free of charge from Adobe.

To find out more about the Project or to volunteer to help, click here

Special thanks to our funders, and supporters (click on logo to access their websites).  Special mention for our volunteers including: Ross Beever, John MacDonald, Dave Allen, Felicity Smith, Gillian and Kevin Adshead, Shane and Jenny Hood, Stuart Rogers and Josie Mannington, Matt Mannington and Lissa, Crispin and Michelle Caldicott and Charlotte, Russell and Rosemary Cullen, Suzi and Peter Phillips, Christine Silvester, Jay Wightman, Marty Taylor, Bernard Michaux, Mick Cleland, Barbara Hughes, Jamie Calvert, Greg and Helen Smith, Denise Poyner, Joanne and Mark Waterson, Michael and David Stott, Marina and Colin Ander, Eliane Lagnaz, Warwick and Hueline Massey, Maureen Young, Henning Hovmand, FW Marter, and students from Kaipara Collegeʼs Papa Taiio group. 

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