Huapai Reserve

Huapai Reserve in West Auckland is 15-hectares of kauri forest, mature kanuka scrub, areas of puriri, taraire, rewarewa, and podocarps.

Nikau flowers

In 1947, the liquidators of Northern Fruitlands bequeathed 12 hectares of kauri forest to the University for preservation and research purposes. Two years later the University purchased an adjoining block of land to extend the reserve to 15 hectares.

Along with kauri and mature kanuka scrub, Huapai is home to gullies of distinct vegetation, including areas of kahikatea, tree fern, nikau palm and supple-jack.

Current teaching use

Field trip for GEOG 261: Climate and Hydrology
Sample collection for BIOSCI 320: Pure and Applied Entomology
Sample collection for BIOSCI 323: Plant Diversity

Research examples

  • Kauri and drought
  • Kauri carbon project

For more information about visiting or conducting research in the reserve, please email