Mangemangeroa Reserve is located in Auckland City, 108 Somerville Road, Howick. It is recognised as one of the Premier Parks in Auckland City and is described as an area of "dramatic estuarine landscape at the edge of the urban area" Map Location

The flora found in the Reserve represents a variety of podocarp and coastal forest not easily viewed elsewhere in suburban Auckland


The importance of the Reserve from an ecological perspective is two fold, it:

Mangemangeroa also offers the opportunity for people to view an area of coastal forest as it would have appeared when the early settlers arrived.


Reserve history

Maori people occupied this land before the Europeans arrived. (The remains of middens are visible and clearly marked). On the land around the trig site there is evidence of a fortified Maori site.

European settlers were responsible for felling the timber, bulldozing the land and sowing introduced grasses. As more land for housing development has become necessary this Reserve offers an area for passive recreation. It is planned to link the reserve, via walkways, from the Pacific Ocean to the Tasman Ocean (Hauraki Gulf).

This reserve was fenced in 1999. Until this time stock had been able to browse the understorey layer. Possum control has been and is carried out within the reserve.
Rats, mice and mustelids have not been poisoned regularly but as from 2018 this should change. Cats (both domestic and feral) remain to roam freely within the reserve. Because of the nature of the reserve with its large coastal boundary it is, at present not deemed possible, to fence or restrict access of cats, mice, rats and mustelids.

The addition of the board walks, provides easy access for the human population and protects the ground habitat for both flora and fauna.

This website has been designed to provide information about the flora and fauna which is present in the reserve. Most photographs were taken in the reserve and near the tracks.

This page has been prepared by Sally Barclay during her time as a Teacher Fellow 2003

The digital photos were taken in the Mangemangeroa Reserve, Somerville Road, Howick, Auckland City.

Fern identification and information was from Andrew Crowe “Which Native Fern?”, Patrick J. Brownsey and John C. Smith-Dodsworth "New Zealand Ferns and Allied Plants", Lawrie Metcalf "Ferns of New Zealand", and Friths "Ferns of New Zealand".
Plant identification and information was from Lindsay Poole and Nancy Adams "Trees and Shrubs of New Zealand", J.T. Salmon "The Native Trees of New Zealand"
Alan La Roche provided information pertinent to the Mangemangeroa.