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Introduction

Located at the south-western coastal corner of the Waitakere Ranges, Whātipu Lodge and Campground is unique in the Auckland region. It is operated and maintained on eco-friendly principles that reflect this spectacular west coast beach with its undisturbed wildlife, caves and wetlands.

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. Plan and be prepared for changeable conditions.

History

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.

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Management

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.

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Location

Whātipu is a scenic journey 42kms from Central Auckland and 25kms from Titirangi Village.

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Activities

Available activities include TRAMPING, WALKING, FISHING and exploring the nearby caves, dune areas and wildlife sanctuary.

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Swimming

There is no surf patrol at Whātipu. Auckland Council warn against swimming. Special care should be taken when fishing or exploring.

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