Mangemangeroa Reserve

A magnificent landscape of farmland, coastal native bush and stunning estuary views.


  • 108 Somerville Road, Howick
  • 21km - 23 minutes from Downtown Auckland

Download the Mangemangeroa Valley walkway brochure (PDF 279KB)

How to get there

By car

  • From Downtown Auckland, take State Highway 1 south and take exit 437 to merge onto Southeastern Highway.
  • Continue to follow Urban Route 10 and turn right onto Ti Rakau Drive.
  • Turn left onto Chapel Road and at the roundabout, take the third exit onto Whitford Road.
  • At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Somerville Road.

Get directions with Google Maps.

By bus

Visit the Maxx website or phone 09 366 6400.

Amenities and activities


The surrounding farmland gives you the chance to wander amongst grazing cattle.

Bird life

Along the forest track, you may see tui, New Zealand pigeon (kereru), fantail (piwakawaka), silvereye (tauhou) and grey warbler (rioriro). At night, listen for morepork (ruru) and in spring and summer for the shining cuckoo (pipiwharauroa). Exotic species include Californian quail and eastern rosella.

In the estuarine area, pukeko and the shy banded rail (moho-pereru) prefer mangroves and rushes while the muddy channels attract kingfisher (kotare), white-faced heron, a variety of shags and variable and south-island oystercatchers (torea).


Dogs are prohibited along the foreshore. In the rest of the reserve, including grazed areas, dogs must be on a leash at all times.


The car parking area is at the main entrance, next to the barn.

Plant life

The varied native flora includes a large stand of rare mature coastal broadleaf forest that extends down to the edge of Mangemangeroa Creek. Large taraire, karaka, puriri, kohekohe and kowhai dominate the canopy throughout most of the forest.

There is also a small dense stand of young totara near the start of the bush section of the walkway. Smaller plant species such as mapou, mahoe, nikau palm and tree ferns are dotted throughout the reserve. The estuary features an extensive area of mangrove and saltmarsh vegetation including sea primrose, remuremu and arrow grass.

Wild life

The reserve supports insect species including weta, the native cockroach and native bees. Most of the puriri trees are home to native moths. The creek provides a habitat for aquatic life including short-fin eels, banded kokupu and koura (fresh water crayfish).


From the main entrance carpark, pathways lead through pasture to the main walkway. The walkway can also be accessed from the end of Sandspit Road, Pohutukawa Ave, Hayley’s Lane and Point View Drive.

The walkway passes by a waterfall, mature and regenerating native bush, freshwater creeks and boardwalks over mangroves and mudflats. The walk includes steps and some short steep sections.

At low tide, it is possible to walk from Shelly Park Beach to Cockle Bay. The walk is suitable for people with an average level of fitness and takes about three hours return from the car park area on Somerville Road to Shelly Park Beach. The extension section of the walkway up to Hayley’s Lane adds an additional hour to the walk.

There are shorter walk options. The Rotary Loop is a short half hour loop track leaving from the main car park area. There is another option of walking up to Archie’s Lookout and back to the main carpark across the pasture.

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