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Experience this treasure
Kuhu mai ki tēnei taonga

MCKENZIE RESERVE

A lush haven on the northern shores of Waiheke, where you’ll find beautiful native rākau/trees, special spots for reflection or educational gatherings and abundant birdlife.

McKenzie Reserve is a stunning (4 hectare/10 acres) coastal reserve that forms the catchment for Enclosure Bay on the scenic northern coast of Waiheke Island. The ongoing focus is to develop the Reserve's environmental potential and provide an educational and recreational asset that the whole community and visitors to the island can enjoy.

 

We encourage nature play and outdoor education with numerous educational signs along the way full of information on biodiversity, culture, health, food and historic perspectives including beautiful imagery, diagrams and te reo referencing.

 

Come and explore this unique, verdant oasis, it’s guaranteed to be a rewarding experience. See more

McKenzie Reserve is a stunning (4 hectare/10 acres) coastal reserve that forms the catchment for Enclosure Bay on the scenic northern coast of Waiheke Island. The ongoing focus is to develop the Reserve's environmental potential and provide an educational and recreational asset that the whole community and visitors to the island can enjoy.

 

We encourage nature play and outdoor education with numerous educational signs along the way full of information on biodiversity, culture, health, food and historic perspectives including beautiful imagery, diagrams and te reo referencing.

 

Come and explore this unique, verdant oasis, it’s guaranteed to be a rewarding experience. See more

McKenzie Reserve is a stunning (4 hectare/10 acres) coastal reserve that forms the catchment for Enclosure Bay on the scenic northern coast of Waiheke Island. The ongoing focus is to develop the Reserve's environmental potential and provide an educational and recreational asset that the whole community and visitors to the island can enjoy.

 

We encourage nature play and outdoor education with numerous educational signs along the way full of information on biodiversity, culture, health, food and historic perspectives including beautiful imagery, diagrams and te reo referencing.

 

Come and explore this unique, verdant oasis, it’s guaranteed to be a rewarding experience. See more

McKenzie Reserve is a stunning (4 hectare/10 acres) coastal reserve that forms the catchment for Enclosure Bay on the scenic northern coast of Waiheke Island. The ongoing focus is to develop the Reserve's environmental potential and provide an educational and recreational asset that the whole community and visitors to the island can enjoy.

 

We encourage nature play and outdoor education with numerous educational signs along the way full of information on biodiversity, culture, health, food and historic perspectives including beautiful imagery, diagrams and te reo referencing.

 

Come and explore this unique, verdant oasis, it’s guaranteed to be a rewarding experience. See more

 WORKING BEES

30th June 2024

9-10.30am

Meet at The Hub, bring your favourite weeding tool (we'll supply some too), water bottle, gloves, hat and sturdy shoes.

28th July 2024

9-10.30am

More detail will be provided on where to meet and what to bring closer to the time.

25th August 2024

9-10.30am

More detail will be provided on where to meet and what to bring closer to the time.

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OUR HISTORY

Kāhore taku toa i te toa
takitahi, he toa takitini.

We cannot succeed without the support of those around us. 

In the early 1900s, McKenzie Reserve was part of a commercial farm, eventually owned by the McKenzie/Cowley family. Whilst there are no specific heritage locations within McKenzie Reserve, it would have been well used by Māori as part of the coastland as indicated by the traces of middens along the coast. It is now owned by Auckland Council.

 

The Friends of McKenzie Reserve (FOMR) was formed in 2003 by a group of neighbours and Waiheke environmentalists. Their vision was to replace 500 pine trees and transform it into an educational botanic reserve.

15 000+

ECO-SOURCED NATIVE TREES PLANTED

12 000+

VOLUNTEER HOURS TO DATE

220+

WHĀNAU/FRIENDS OF McKENZIE RESERVE

BIRDLIFE

With a rigorous pest control programme in place 
the Reserve is now home to many native bird species. 

THIS BEAUTIFUL IMAGE WAS GENEROUSLY SUPPLIED  BY PETER REES.
TĒNĀ KOE E HOA I TŌ ĀWHINA, THANK YOU FRIEND FOR YOUR SUPPORT. 

THE VISION

Regeneration, education and recreation.

The revegetation of the Reserve initially followed the plan created by local environmentalist Don Chapple but had to be amended because of the harshness of the growing conditions on the north facing steep slopes. The intention was to design the planting to be as natural as possible, to replicate nature. The intention was to establish a place where people would come to learn about different native trees and the zones in which they grow. Sadly this plan was one of Don’s last projects, he died shortly afterwards.

Today McKenzie Reserve is a visual tribute to not only Don’s vision but the vision of the Friends of the McKenzie Reserve, Auckland Council, the Waiheke Island Local Board,
weed control contractors and volunteers. 

 

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It takes an island wide pest control strategy to ensure 
we have a safe haven for all native birds and other species. 

THIS BEAUTIFUL IMAGE WAS GENEROUSLY SUPPLIED  BY PETER REES.
TĒNĀ KOE E HOA I TŌ ĀWHINA, THANK YOU FRIEND FOR YOUR SUPPORT. 

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PART OF A NETWORK

McKenzie Reserve sits within an expanding network of walkways that connect a series of popular northern beaches, and the main villages on Waiheke. It is part of the Te Ara Hura walkway*. This ensures the future of the Reserve as a key feature of the ‘Waiheke Experience’, for locals and visitors alike.

* The Te Ara Hura Walkway connects the existing coastal walkways on Waiheke to form a multi-day 100km circumnavigation of the island. This route was opened in 2014 and attracts both Aotearoa/New Zealand and overseas walkers.

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The Reserve is centrally located in the most inhabited part of the island, but you'd never think it once you hit the tracks!

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“Our kids have been so very fortunate to grow up spending their weekends and summers on Waiheke... 

MATT AND CHRISTINE CARROLL

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SUSTAINABILITY

All efforts are made to reduce, re-use and recycle. Supplies are sourced locally wherever possible, reducing transport and energy consumption.  

OUR PARTNERS

We could not have achieved our goals without the generous support of our partners.  

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JOIN US!

Sign up and we’ll keep you posted with news, progress and activities in McKenzie Reserve. 

Thanks for joining the Friends of McKenzie Reserve!

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