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Wenderholm- Auckland’s Best Picnic Spot

Location: 37 Schischka Road, Waiwera 0873

Wenderholm Regional Park is set out on a peninsula and has both a stunning white sandy beach and an estuary with a boat ramp.

The grounds are beautiful with lots of mature trees including giant pōhutukawa which means there are plenty of shady spots to set up a picnic.

We headed to the carpark at the end of Schischka Road and walked along the beach.

A family of ducks enthralled us and I have a small video below.

We also saw cheeping oyster catchers and squawking seagulls. Later, we saw tui, kererū and pīwakawaka in the trees when we walked to the right to view the historic villa Couldrey House (face the beach and turn right). It is a museum now and is normally open in the weekends.

Dogs are allowed only in the dog walking section of the park which is clearly signposted so it means they are kept well away from the picnic spots and the beach.

The following information is from the Auckland Council web site:

What to see and do at Wenderholm Regional Park

  • Bookable building – Couldrey House is an historic homestead with Victorian/Edwardian era furnishings, paintings and family stories. Visit for further information and opening hours.
  • BBQ – There are 3 electric and 6 wood fired (2 double and 4 single) BBQs are available for casual use. You will need to supply your own wood or charcoal. The electric BBQs are free to operate.
  • Beach – Wenderholm Regional Park has approximately 900 metres of family friendly beach adjacent to a large grassy picnic areas under the shade of pohutukawa trees.
  • Boat ramp – The jetty and boat ramp are located on the Puhoi River estuary side of the park. It is not recommended to launch and retrieve boats for 3 hours each side of low tide.
  • Car park on site – 290 spaces, also contains a 5 minute loading zone. 400 overflow spaces are available, if main car park is full and ground conditions allow.
  • Mobility parking – There are two designated car parks in the main car park next to the pathway to the main toilet block.

Check if it’s safe to swim at this beach

To check for live information on water quality and safe swimming conditions at this beach, see the Safeswim website.


All our regional parks are rubbish free. Take all rubbish and recycling with you when you leave.

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