Airlie Reserve

Airlie Reserve, Plimmerton.


Primary Purpose of Reserve?


Values & Outcomes

Heritage Values?

JC03, HIDB 93.

Taua-Tapu Track runs through the reserve, part of the historic Maori track between Plimmerton and Pukerua Bay.

It is said that during the fighting in 1846, Te Rangihaeata declared the track to be his backbone: it was used for the transport of arms to Pauatahanui and Horokiwi.

The track continued to be used in post-European contact times. Mail was carried along it on foot until the coach road from Pauatahanui over Paekakariki Hill was opened. Much of the early subdivision of land relied on the track for frontage and access and parts of the track are still rights of way.

Natural Values?

(Ecosite #2). 

GWRC Key Native Ecosystem.

Lowland kohekohe forest, with tawa, ngaio and hinau scattered throughout the canopy.  Also an area of young manuka scrub.

Recreation Values?

Equestrian activities.


Other Values and Information?

This is not a Crown Derived Reserve.

Contaminated site (ex-landfill).

Utilities (Minor): Stormwater.

Outcomes Sought?

1. Safeguard open green space and amenity landscape values.

2. Protect natural values to achieve healthy ecological functioning, through animal and weed pest control and natural regeneration.

3. Enable informal recreation, encouraging opportunities for walking and equestrian recreation on the Taua Tapu track. Maintain the pathway connection to Karehana Scenic Reserve through the reserve and by the easement over private land.

4. Continue to consider grazing Agreements as potentially appropriate for this reserve, provided that grazing is only permitted outside of any significant vegetation areas.

5. Allow horses in the reserve. Prohibit dogs from the track during lambing season, dates by notice.



Appellation?Reserve Act Classification
Lot 2 DP 20043Recreation Reserve
Lot 1 DP 20043Recreation Reserve
Lot 1 DP 34993Recreation Reserve

Parcel Area (ha)?



Reserves Act Classification?

District Plan Zones?

Ground Shaking?


Landslide Susceptibility ?


Tsunami Evacuation Zone?


Liquefaction Zone?



Leased for Horse Grazing (GRA0004).

Easement for Taua Tapu Track.