Breadcrumb navigation

Explore Whatipū Scientific Reserve and Te Ana Ru Cave

Published: 29 August 2016

When you think of going out for a night of dancing, a remote cave on one of Auckland’s wild west coast beaches isn’t the first venue that comes to mind.

But for more than 60 years, from around 1900, party-goers used Te Ana Ru cave near Whatipū as a place to meet and mingle – complete with a kauri ballroom dance floor.

Abundance of wildlife

Whatipū is about 40km west of Auckland’s city centre and is a scientific reserve home to an abundance of wildlife.

It is part of Waitākere Ranges Regional Park.

Walking tracks

Te Ana Ru cave is a 20-minute walk from the car park, and there are a number of other walks of various lengths and difficulty in the area, including:


Introduction to Composting Course

Learn the basics of composting at home with online and in-person courses.

Safety volunteers backed in local board grants

Franklin Local Board has made more than $50,000 of grants to groups working to keep people safe at sea.

Ambitious goals for ailing Hauraki Gulf

The Hauraki Gulf Forum yesterday adopted an updated set of ambitious goals for the Gulf.