Size: 22 hectares
The Tahuna Torea biodiversity focus area is situated on the coast at Glendowie.
This biodiversity focus area includes Tahuna Torea Nature Reserve and small adjoining Auckland Council reserve areas.
A variety of tracks and viewing points in the reserves provide visitors with opportunities to appreciate the beauty of this natural area and its diverse birdlife.
Tahuna Torea includes a long sand bank which extends out into the Tāmaki Estuary. It also has a tidal lagoon with mangrove scrub (SA1), freshwater wetlands (WL19) and regenerating native forest and scrub (VS5). The area provides a mosaic (mix) of marine, intertidal, freshwater and terrestrial habitats.
Tahuna Torea is a key shorebird roost in the Tāmaki Ecological District. The habitat diversity of Tahuna Torea attracts a wide range of coastal and shorebirds birds including:
- tōrea (South Island pied oystercatcher)
- tōrea pango (variable oystercatcher)
- taranui (Caspian tern)
- poaka (pied stilt)
- kuaka (bar-tailed godwit)
- huahou (red knot)
- pohowera (banded dotterel)
- tūturiwhatu (New Zealand dotterel)
- ngutuparore (wrybill)
- tarāpunga (red-billed gulls)
- kāruhiruhi (pied shags)
- matuku (white-faced heron)
- matuku moana (reef heron).
Tahuna Torea is a highly valued nature reserve. There have been long-running ecological restoration efforts with ongoing collaboration between community volunteers and Auckland Council.
Active coastal sand dunes ecosystem
Spinifex, pīngao grassland or sedgeland ecosystem (DN2)
Dunelands occur where erosion and accretion of sand creates mobile dune systems. Due to the extreme conditions only a few highly specialised, drought tolerant plant species have adapted.
Coastal saline ecosystem
Mangrove forest and scrub ecosystem (SA1)
Mangrove forest and scrub is found in tidal estuaries, inlets and where salt water meets fresh at the mouths of rivers and streams. This ecosystem has a range of distinct plant communities that provide habitat for birds and fish.
Broadleaved species scrub and forest ecosystem (VS5)
This ecosystem can be found in semi-dry areas on low fertility slopes throughout New Zealand. In Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland, it is mostly found on south-facing slopes in the south.