Keeping our Kauri forests safe - where to walk in our reserves - what tracks are closed.
Please help to avoid spreading Kauri Dieback 

August 1, 2018    |    Chris Hannent with updates from the PFK Kauri Dieback Task Force 5 September 2018


You've no doubt heard the sad news that there has been a confirmed case of kauri dieback in Kaipātiki. We're devastated about this, and now more committed than ever to take action to save our precious forests.

Here's what you can do to help:

  • Respect the no-go areas - stay out of closed reserves or tracks and encourage your friends, whanau, neighbours and colleagues to do the same. We're working on getting these reopened, but it will take some time. Click here for the current list of temporary closures.

  • Use instead the non-kauri reserves or reserves with few, scattered kauri.

  • Wherever you go - clean your shoes and paws to a kissable standard BEFORE YOU LEAVE HOME & BETWEEN VISITS TO DIFFERENT RESERVES - it's far easier to scrub your boots properly at the laundry sink, than trying to balance on one foot at a park entrance.

  • Don't forget paws - it's NOT safe to use Sterigene on our canine friends, so please wash off every spot of dirt with plenty of water and empty the water into the sewer system - not in a storm water drain which can drain into kauri reserves. OR ideally don't take your dogs into Kauri reserves.


We encourage residents and visitors to Kaipātiki to make use of the following reserves that have no kauri:

  • Beach Haven Coastal Walkway

  • Birkenhead Domain

  • Kitewao Street Esplanade Reserve
  • Manuka Reserve

  • Onepoto Domain

  • Rotary Grove

  • Smiths Bush (keep to tracks)

  • Stanicich Reserve

  • Tui Park

  • Tuff Crater (keep dogs on leash)

The following reserves have few kauri, and these can be visited with little risk so long as shoes and paws are clean and people and pets keep to the track (ensure that dogs are kept on a leash or carried):


Wherever you go please, please - clean your shoes and remove any soil BEFORE YOU LEAVE HOME AND BETWEEN VISITING DIFFERENT RESERVES.


Finally, the following reserves are seriously at risk and we ask that you DO NOT VISIT AT ALL - yes they are not officially closed - but by keeping out you reduce the risk of spreading kauri dieback spores:


These lists are subject to change as new information becomes available.


We love the reserves as much as you do and have every hope that a coordinated, considered response from authorities and the public can bring about a halt to the spread of this disease.  


We're working hard to save our kauri for future generations - please spread the word and help get our community behind this!