Clevedon Scenic Reserve


  • Thorps Quarry Road, Clevedon
  • 40km - 40 minute drive from downtown Auckland

Clevedon Scenic Reserve is one of Manukau's most stunning reserves, with significant natural and cultural heritage value.

The 100ha reserve and the adjoining Clevedon Stewardship Area contain one of the few intact areas of native forest left in Manukau.

How to get there

From downtown Auckland, take State Highway 1 south and take exit 451 for Hill Road. Keep left at the fork and follow signs to Clevedon. At the roundabout, take the second exit onto Stratford Road. Continue to the next roundabout and take the second exit onto Alfriston Road. Continue onto Brookby Road and at the next roundabout, take the first exit and stay on Brookby Road. Turn right onto Twilight Road. Turn left onto North Road and then left again onto Thorps Quarry Road.

No vehicle access via Kimptons Road. 

On foot
A 4km, 1.5-hour Te Araroa link track to the Clevedon Reserve summit track can be accessed from the gravel road at the end of Kimptons Road. Look out for the Te Araroa markers.

A stile leads over the fence and across paddocks. The track climbs steeply for a kilometre through pasture and pine forest to a height of 250m.

Find out more on the Te Araroa website.

Visit the Maxx website or phone 09 366 6400.


Amenities and activities

Bird life
The forest is home to a variety of native bird life species including tui, fantail, New Zealand pigeon and many more.

The reserve carpark and entrance is at the end of Thorps Quarry Road.

Confidence course
There is a confidence course next to Camp Sladdin, containing an array of challenging activities. This facility is for the enjoyment of all; however, children under 14 years of age must be supervised by an adult. 


Picnic area

Plant life
Lowland broadleaf forest is the main forest type within the reserve. Broadleaf species include taraire, puriri, kohekohe and karaka.

The reserve also contains ecologically valuable stands of trees belonging to the conifer/podcarp group, as well as a viable population of king fern - which is in serious decline.

Situated next to the main carpark area.

Walkways are marked on the welcome sign at the reserve. The track to the summit and back down the other side takes between one and two hours, depending on fitness level. The track is steep in places so a good level of fitness is recommended.

There is also an easy five minute walk to the old Thorp Quarry site, which has a beautiful waterfall and wetland. This part of the reserve provides a boardwalk and stunning seating area for a picnic.

The Taitaia Stream is the main watercourse within the reserve. It meanders from the south-west through the reserve behind Camp Sladdin. The Taitaia Stream heads off to the north-east where it meets with the Wairoa River. Within the bush there are many smaller unnamed streams which fluctuate depending on rainfall. In the old quarry site there is a waterfall and fresh water wetland area.

Wild life
The reserve is a habitat for many native insects such as weta and the fascinating puriri moth.


Kauri dieback disease   

Clevedon Scenic Reserve is currently free from kauri dieback disease. Please protect the kauri in this reserve by:

  • keeping to the track and off kauri roots
  • keeping your dog on a lead
  • cleaning your shoes on entry and exit to the reserve (Trigene is supplied on site).

For further information please see kauri dieback disease.

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