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An aerial view of Ark in the Park

An aerial view of Ark in the Park, in the Waitākere Ranges. Credit: Alastair Jamieson

Found just 30 minutes from Central Auckland, the Waitākere Ranges are home to some of our most treasured species. 

Important notice

Ark in the Park activities are currently suspended and all walking tracks are closed as a rāhui (customary closure) has been placed over the Waitākere Ranges in order to protect kauri from the impacts of kauri dieback disease.

Kōkako chick in the hand

Kōkako were first released at Ark in the Park in 2009. Credit: Dorothee Clausen

This ancient kauri forest was once home to kiwi, native falcons, long-tailed cuckoos, bellbirds, kākāriki, short-tailed bats (pekapeka) as well as many reptiles and invertebrates. 

However, predation by pests has caused these creatures to disappear in the past 100 years. 

Ark in the Park is a partnership between Forest & Bird and Auckland Council, supported by Te Kawerau ā Maki.  Its aims to create an open sanctuary in the Waitākere Ranges Regional Park and return many of the species that once were found in the area.

We undertake weed and pest control and have reintroduced native species including North Island robins, kōkako and pōpokatea (whiteheads). 


If you are interested in volunteering for Ark in the Park, there are a variety of activities that you can take part in such as pest control, native bird monitoring, watching and protecting kōkako nests and helping out with bird releases.

Volunteer sessions are held twice a week on Thursdays and Saturdays. For more information, contact us using the details below.

Help a Hectare

We have 2000 hectares of protected parkland, if you want to help us to maintain this area, take part in our programme:

Project or Reserve contact

Gillian Wadams & Laurence Bechet
09 810 7014

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