Puhinui Reserve

At 199ha of rural landscape, Puhinui Reserve occupies the southern portion of the Puhinui Peninsula. It has considerable historic, conservation and cultural amenity value.


108 Prices Road, Manurewa
26.3km - 23 minutes from downtown Auckland

You can experience the pleasures of both rural countryside and views of Manukau Harbour on easy walkways.

The reserve forms part of the extensive Matukuturua volcanic field and is linked with pre-European settlements centred around Wiri Mountain and Matukutura (McLaughlins Mountain).

How to get there

By car

  • From Downtown Auckland, take State Highway 1 south and take exit to State Highway 20.
  • Take the exit toward Puhinui Road/State Highway 20B.
  • Continue toward Puhinui Road/State Highway 20B.
  • Keep left at the fork, follow signs for State Highway 20B/Puhinui Road/Airport.
  • Turn left onto Puhinui Road/State Highway 20B.
  • Take the first left onto Price Road.

From Manukau Centre, the reserve is a 15 minute drive.

Main pedestrian and vehicle access is from the end of Prices Road, off Puhinui Road. There is additional pedestrian access on the northeast boundary via the 16km cross-city walkway to Totara Park.

Get directions with Google Maps.

By bus

Visit the Maxx website or phone 09 366 6400.

Amenities and activities

Bird life

Puhinui Reserve is home to a variety of rare or endangered species including the black stilt, NZ dotterel, fernbird (a coastal fringe bird) and wrybill. Large flocks of migratory birds use the reserve and coastal flats for feeding and roosting.

Between the southern tip of the reserve and the mouth of the Puhinui Stream, there is a large intertidal area set aside as the Puhinui Stream Wildlife Refuge because of its importance as a wading bird habitat. Oystercatchers, godwits and less knots are not yet rare in the area, but could become so without adequatre protection.

The open grazed area provides a feeding habitat for a range of other bird species including the harrier hawk (kahui), paradise shelducks and mallard ducks, pukeko and starling.


Dogs are not permitted on the reserve except during the annual three-day equestrian event in March when dogs must be on a leash.

Mountain biking

Mountain biking is permitted on the cycle track.


Designated parking is provided next to the old red barn.

Plant life

The reserve is thought to have sustained a large native podocarp-broadleaf forest. As you make your way along the perimeter walks, you will see a new landscape of  cabbage trees to the south and the salt marsh and manuka plant communities that provide cover for the other native species along the western shoreline.

To the east, the Puhinui stream contains mangroves considered the largest and oldest specimens on the Manukau Harbour. There are clumps of pines on the reserve that provide shelter for stock and add to the rural character.

There is no public access to the conservation area on the western shoreline of the reserve. This area covers 39.5ha and comprises the largest area of salt meadow, salt marsh through to manuka and grass scrub and associated vegetation remaining on the Manukau Harbour with rare species including remuremu and the versatile sea primrose.


The ecological bush reserve is a popular with organised walking and tramping groups.

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