On the south side of the Waiheke Island, Whakanewha Regional Park is known for its mature coastal forest with taraire, kohekohe and old kanuka trees, cascading streams, and sweeping crescent-shaped beach cut in two by a forested headland.
A large wetland is home to some uncommon birds, bittern, banded rail, spotless crake and the New Zealand dotterel.
At high tide the water is shallow, warm and ideal for children. Picnic spots on the foreshore are plentiful. At low tide a broad expanse of sandy tidal flats is revealed. The beach is divided into two sections by the pa promontory.
Whakanewha means “to shade the eyes from the setting sun.” The site became a regional park in 1994 and was officially opened in 2007.
Camping within the regional park is available at the Poukaraka Flats Campground.