Karehana Bay Scenic Reserve

Karehana Bay Scenic Reserve, Plimmerton.


Primary Purpose of Reserve?


Values & Outcomes

Heritage Values?

JC03, HIDB 93.

Taua-Tapu Track (historic Maori track between Plimmerton and Pukerua Bay) the track was considered tapu as it was used by many war parties.

Natural Values?

Seed collection for Mana Island.

Woodland trees.

 23 (E1A1).

GWRC Key Native Ecosystem.

Series of valleys and hills behind Karehana Bay with several remnants of tawa kohekohe forest, some of which have emergent podocarps and pukatea. The remnants are adjoined and often buffered by areas of kanuka-manuka scrub.


Recreation Values?

Scenic/landscape viewing.


Pony trail.

Other Values and Information?

Lot 21 DP 16131 and Lot 50 DP 6067 are Crown Derived Reserves. 

Connects Karehana to the Track and Taua Tapu track.

Horse use through top part.

Utilities (Critical): Water Supply.

Utilities (Important): Stormwater.

Outcomes Sought?

1. Manage as two zones:   Natural Zone (A) and Amenity Zone (B) (Taua Tapu track).

2. Encourage recreation by providing signage indicating recognised access points to the reserve and pathways.

Natural Zone A:

3. Protect the significant natural values of the reserve to promote healthy ecological functioning and connections, and to protect seed sources for Mana Island restoration, through on-going animal and weed pest control and through regeneration.

4. Encourage bush walking recreation opportunities, through the provision of pathways and other appropriate facilities.

Amenity Zone B (Taua Tapu Track):

5. Protect historic and cultural heritage values relating to the historic Maori pathway, through cautious management of land disturbance and structures.

6. Maintain the pathway connection to Airlie Reserve through the reserve and by the easement over private land.

7. Allow horse riding on the Taua Tapu track.

8. Continue to encourage walking, cycling and horse-riding recreation opportunities, through the provision of shared pathways and other appropriate facilities.

9. Prohibit dogs from the zone during lambing season by notice.



AppellationReserve Act Classification
Lot 2 DP 90979Scenic 'A' Reserve
Lot 23 DP 67250Scenic 'A' Reserve
Lot 3 DP 324112Scenic 'A' Reserve
Lot 3 DP 90979Scenic 'A' Reserve
Lot 34 DP 67249Scenic 'A' Reserve
Lot 35 DP 67249Scenic 'A' Reserve
Lot 4 DP 324112Scenic 'A' Reserve
Lot 4 DP 70857Scenic 'A' Reserve
Lot 5 DP 81612Scenic 'A' Reserve
Lot 1 DP 5600Scenic 'A' Reserve
Lot 2 DP 85358Scenic 'A' Reserve
Lot 21 DP 16131Scenic 'A' Reserve
Lot 22 DP 67249Scenic 'A' Reserve
Lot 31 DP 67249Scenic 'A' Reserve
Lot 32 DP 67249Scenic 'A' Reserve
Lot 33 DP 67249Scenic 'A' Reserve
Lot 4 DP 81612Scenic 'A' Reserve
Lot 4 DP 90979Scenic 'A' Reserve
Lot 50 DP 6067Scenic 'A' Reserve
Lot 8 DP 81612Scenic 'A' Reserve
Sec 3 SO 37295Scenic 'A' Reserve

Parcel Area (ha)?



Reserves Act Classification?

District Plan Zones?

Ground Shaking?


Landslide Susceptibility ?


Tsunami Evacuation Zone?


Liquefaction Zone?