Pukenui Western Hills Forest Charitable Trust


The area known as Pukenui Forest, or Western Hills, is a dominant feature and treasure of the people and city of Whangarei. The eastern fringes of the forest are bounded by the edge of the city itself - from Maunu in the South to Western Hills Drive and Kamo in the North.

The forested region includes the land parcels of:

  • Whau Valley Water Catchment (865 hectares)
  • Pukenui Forest (592 hectares)
  • Coronation Scenic Reserve (102 hectares)
  • Barge Showgrounds (64.6 hectares)
  • Maunu Scenic Reserve (38.7 hectares)
  • Whangarei Quarry Gardens (24.2 hectares)
  • and a number of smaller reserves and parks

View from walking track

The region has been colloquially referred to as "the lungs of the city" (Whangarei) and contains areas of high conservation value, historic and cultural sites and a range of recreational opportunities.

It is a relatively large area of native (temperate) lowland broadleaf forest, a type of habitat now rare in New Zealand. It is known to contain a number of threatened species, including long-tailed bat, North Island brown kiwi and New Zealand wood pigeon.

The area also contains sites of importance to Maori and Europeans, including the Kauika Pa site, Pa of Te Parawhau and remnants of former logging and quarrying activities.

The region is also an important source of high-quality water for the residents of Whangarei, with the Whau Valley Water Catchment supplying 50 - 60% of the water to the City Water Supply Area.

Kiwi are coming…..

Pukenui Forest Trust are excited to announce that up to 12 adult kiwi will be released into Pukenui Forest on the 17th of March (weather dependent).

We are holding public meetings to share information about the Trust’s work, the kiwi reintroduction and threats to kiwi, and to answer questions:

Kara Kokopu Community Hall – 27th February 5.30 pm
Maunu Primary School Library – 1st March 5.30 pm
Whangarei Quarry Gardens – 7th March 5.30 pm
Hurupaki Primary School Hall – 8th March 5.30 pm

You are invited to attend one of these meetings, so we can work together to help protect these unique and beautiful birds!

For further information contact: pukenuiranger@gmail.com.

Did you know that dogs are the biggest threat to adult kiwi?

All dogs are prohibited from entering Pukenui Forest, including Coronation Reserve. Also be aware that kiwi can move large distances, so they may explore your backyard!

Management Plans

Our vision

Pukenui taonga
Whakahoki te mana
te oranga me te wairua
o te taonga nei
hei tohu mo o tatou

a forest treasure
a beating heart
with our help
its health and wellbeing
remains, for future generations.

Pukenui Western Hills Forest Charitable Trust

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