Thursday, 21 February 2013

Wenderholm Regional Park NZ

Enjoy a Day at Wenderholm Regional Park
 
15-20 min North of Auckland City.
 
 
 
One of the things that is so good about being a Kiwi is the beautiful Regional Parks that we have.We are spoilt for choice here in the North Island and if you want to spend a day picnicking with friends and family  then the Regional  Parks are a perfect place to gather on a nice sunny day.
Wenderholm is a great example and with in a short easy drive from Auckland city.It is no wonder that the park is so popular with a good safe swimming beach and many mature Pohutukawa trees to shade under .
The estuary that you can follow up to the small town of Puhoi is just right for the keen kayaker You can hire Kayaks at Puhoi which is easy to access just a few minutes off the main highway and from there you can paddle down to Wenderholm It is a nice easy kayak and beautiful on a nice day at full tide. or if hiking is your thing then follow one of the well set out walking tracks for some amazing views of the Hauraki Gulf.
 
 
 
 
 
You will find lots of early history in the park and you can learn all about the early settlers to the area and view the beautiful old homestead  which is situated amongst an established garden 
 It is beautifully restored and kept for visitors to view
.I did not go inside the homestead this visit but for  just a small fee or donation and you can look through the inside.


 
 
 
The walking tracks are well set out and you can go for 10min walks or walk for a couple of hours I went on just a 10min walk to the lookout over the bay.
The track was good although it was an easy up hill all the way. The views at the look out were beautiful and it was well worth the walk.
 
 
 
 





 
 
 
There are lots of signs showing native plants, birds and history on the settlers.

 
Great Walking Tracks

 
Nikau Palms

 
Looking Down on Couldrey House



If you are travelling North of Auckland don't to check out the Park .Great for a Picnic.