skip to main content

I want to...

Current filter:

Westshore Wildlife Reserve

An ornithologists' haven

Entrance to the Westshore Wildlife Reserve.In 1952, the land was acquired by the Crown and gazetted as part of the Westshore Domain. Control and management of the area was transferred to the Napier Borough Council acting as the Westshore Domain Board. The area was then being used for active recreation, and grazing rights were leased.

In June 1958 the water area of the Domain, the outfall channel and the tidal estuary between the highway bridge and the footbridge was set aside and gazetted as a Wildlife Refuge. Following this a combined planting effort took place on the Domain, when members of the Royal NZ Forest and Bird Protection Society, the Hawke's Bay Naturalist Club, the Napier Girl's High School and others, planted some 1500 trees and shrubs. In subsequent years, the Napier City Council Parks and Reserves Department planted further trees and shrubs.

In 1972 the Reserve was leased to the Hawke's Bay Wildlife Trust to develop the whole area into a Wildlife Park. A dwelling house for the Manager and aviary complex were constructed, and a large portion of the Reserve fenced off for a Deer Park. In addition, a bird observation hide and a campsite area were also developed. In late-1983 the Hawke's Bay Wildlife Trust ceased to exist and control reverted back to the Napier City Council.

In 2004 the Westshore Wildlife Reserve underwent an extensive change, as a large portion of the eastern side of the Reserve was acquired for the alignment and construction of the Napier to Hastings Expressway. Many of the facilities constructed by the Hawke's Bay Wildlife Trust were removed to accommodate the new road. To compensate the loss of land and amenities much of the remaining area was redeveloped and new wetland areas for birds were constructed.

Today the Westshore Wildlife Reserve is set aside for the protection of wildlife and the unique coastal lagoon habitats, and caters primarily to ornithologists, photographers and other passive recreational users.

Westshore Wildlife Reserve images

Westshore Wildlife Reserve Location Map

Vehicle access is off Watchman Road and a small car park is available within the reserve. The Westshore Wildlife Reserve is closed to all access between the hours of dusk and dawn.


Napier City Council - Copyright © 2024 Napier City Council

Disclaimers and Copyright
While every endeavour has been taken by the Napier City Council to ensure that the information on this website is accurate and up to date, Napier City Council shall not be liable for any loss suffered through the use, directly or indirectly, of information on this website. Information contained has been assembled in good faith. Some of the information available in this site is from the New Zealand Public domain and supplied by relevant government agencies. Napier City Council cannot accept any liability for its accuracy or content. Portions of the information and material on this site, including data, pages, documents, online graphics and images are protected by copyright, unless specifically notified to the contrary. Externally sourced information or material is copyright to the respective provider.

© Napier City Council - / +64 6 835 7579 /