Ambury Regional Park

Ambury Regional Park

Ambury Regional Park (also known as Ambury Farm) is a regional park situated on the coast of Manukau Harbour, in Auckland in New Zealand’s North Island. It is situated in the suburb of Māngere Bridge and in the local board area of Māngere-Ōtāhuhu, to the west of Māngere Mountain.

The park is a working sheep and dairy farm with a woolshed and milking shed. There are also goats, cows, pigs, chickens, turkey, rabbits and peacocks. Areas of the park are leased to the Mangere Pony Club, and the Ambury Park Centre for Riding Therapy, a charity which opened in 1985, which provides physiological and psychological therapy through horse riding.

The parks hosts the Ambury Farm Day each year. It is the largest annual event organised by Auckland Council, and gives families free access to a working farm.

The park covers 85 hectares (210 acres) of low-lying volcanic land on the shores of the upper Manukau Harbour. It includes both swamping coastline and grazed farming paddocks.

There are several examples of basalt lava flows, originating from the Māngere Mountain about 18,000 years ago. Most other lava flows around Auckland have been destroyed during urban development.

There are rare examples of oioi-coastal needle grass on saline margins of lava flows, as well as patches of salt marsh, salt marsh and broadleaved scrub.

Shorebirds migrate to the park in large numbers during summer months. Large numbers of migratory birds feed here during the summer months. Tōrea (South Island pied oystercatcher) and ngutuparore (wrybill) migrate north from the South Island after breeding. Kuaka (bar-tailed godwit) and huahou (red knot) migration from overseas. Kōtuku ngutupapa (royal spoonbill) also migrate to the area.

Birdwatchers have identified a total of 86 birds in the park including little shags, and white-faced herons.

A Lovely Autumn Day for Tree Planting
May 24, 2023 Ambury Regional Park | CARING | COMMUNITY | Food Scraps Collection | Friends of the Farm | Manukau Harbour | WASTEWISE

Sunshine, outdoors, a working bee, tree planting, sausage sizzle wastewise education. Locals caring for Māngere Bridge.

Important information for cat owners around Ambury Regional Park
April 13, 2023 Ambury Regional Park | Birds of Māngere Bridge | COMMUNITY | Friends of the Farm | Manukau Harbour | Pest Control

Reminding Māngere Bridge local cat owners how we can help support the marvelous shorebird and wildlife sanctuary at our doorstep…

Easter Clean-up Pop-up Event 2023
April 12, 2023 Ambury Regional Park | CARING | COMMUNITY | CONNECTED | Friends of the Farm | Manukau Harbour | Recycling | WASTEWISE

Always an enjoyable event for families, collecting litter and exploring the shorelines – some of our little helpers get side tracked by the crabs, but this is all part of what makes it fun

Māngere Bridge: a sanctuary for shorebirds
September 18, 2022 Ambury Regional Park | Local Treasures | Manukau Harbour | Newsletter Issue 4 – Sep 2022

Māngere Bridge is located on the shores of the aptly named Manukau Harbour. In te reo Māori, ‘Manukau’ translates to ‘settling birds’. With its shallow tidal flats, the harbour is

Ambury Regional Park planting day – 10 schools together!
September 2, 2022 Ambury Regional Park | COMMUNITY | CONNECTED | Education | Manukau Harbour

Te Iti Kahurangi Kāhui Ako is a community of ten schools who came together on a sunny Wednesday…

FoF Community Orchard Working Bee April 2022
August 2, 2022 Ambury Regional Park | CARING | COMMUNITY | Community Orchard | Friends of the Farm | Local Treasures

New fruit trees, a food forest, yummy home baking. Just some of the great things happening at our local Community Orchard.

Getting to Zero Newsletter April 2022
April 4, 2022 Ambury Regional Park | COMMUNITY | CONNECTED | Education | Friends of the Farm | Māngere Bridge Library | Mangere Bridge Village | Recycling | Services | WASTEWISE

Next time you visit the Library look inside the door on the right hand side
and you’ll see a set of stylish recycling collection boxes.

Māngere Kayak Day 2022 a success!
March 15, 2022 Ambury Regional Park | COMMUNITY | Education | EVENTS | Friends of the Farm | Manukau Harbour

We had an awesome turn out of 97 people that we took exploring the Manukau Harbour via kayak…

Many Hands Make Light Work – Tree Planting at Ambury Farm
June 20, 2021 Ambury Regional Park | CARING | COMMUNITY | EVENTS | Manukau Harbour

More than 100 locals gathered to volunteer their time & energy to help out at Ambury Regional Park.