Located at the south-western coastal corner of the Waitakere Ranges, Whātipu Lodge has been creating memories for more than a century. Staying at Whātipu Lodge is a little like stepping back into a time when life was slower and unplugged. Simple pleasures of friendship, food, play, exploration and relaxation...
The wide variety of walks available locally offer something for both the beginner and the experienced walker alike. Magnificent views, magical sunsets, moonlit nights or dark night skies and birdlife in its natural habitat are inspirational for any photographer, outdoor enthusiast and adventurer. Whātipu is to be enjoyed rain or shine.
Whātipu is beautiful, wild and remote with significant Māori associations and many historic sites. There are documented five pā sites, middens, karaka groves and earthworks for gardens recording Māori occupation. Te Kawerau ā Maki are acknowledged as retaining the mana whenua of their ancestral domain.
Whātipu Lodge is privately managed by Wayne Mackenzie and Gaelene Adams Wood, under licence from Auckland Council. Wayne is a local historian. Wayne and Gaelene’s ancestors arrived in the southern coastal edge of the Waitakere Ranges in 1853 and 1841 respectively.
Whātipu is a scenic journey 42kms from Central Auckland and 25kms from Titirangi Village.
Available activities include TRAMPING, WALKING, FISHING and exploring the nearby caves, dune areas and wildlife sanctuary.
There is no surf patrol at Whātipu. Auckland Council warn against swimming. Special care should be taken when fishing or exploring.
Friends of Whātipu
Friends of Whātipu (FOW) is an incorporated group who have knowledge of and links with the Whātipu area and have resolved to act as guardians of the area, helping to preserve its special character and where possible assist the Auckland Council.
FOW have an annual planting day, beach clean-up, seed collecting and a group stay at Whātipu Lodge. Our stay at Whātipu Lodge has a guest speaker and shared Saturday night meal.
FOW have a long term goal to release kiwi in the Whātipu landscape. It is our intention to be trained for best practise predator control, to rid the region of mammal pests, including, opossums, rats, mustelids (stoats etc), wild cats and for dogs to no longer be taken into the area. Dogs are already banned from the Whātipu Scientific Reserve (being the wellands and beach area) and yet people still continue to take dogs to the beach.
Kiwi once thrived in the region.
FOW manage a survey of shorebirds and help fund an ongoing predator trapping programme, in cooperation with Auckland Council.
There are 3 or 4 pairs of New Zealand Dotterels found on the tidal dune area of the beach between Whātipu and Karekare. Over 10 years of monitoring FOW have recorded 31 fledged NZ Dotterel chicks. The estimated national population is approximately 2000.
To join Friends of Whātipu please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details. $10 for individuals and $15 for families.
For more information see our Facebok page - linked here - Friends of Whātipu.