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Updated 15 May 2019 3:51pm

Planting days at QEP

Come along to Queen Elizabeth Park this planting season to help us with our restoration work!

16th June - Meet at the wetland on Poplar Ave opposite Matai Road 

23 June - Meet at Raumati entrance at the end of The Esplanade 

28 July - Follow signs from 90 Poplar Ave (opposite Te Ra School) to parking site 

Come along any time from 10am to 12noon to lend a hand and a spade. 

Spade Aid

11 August - Spade Aid is our biggest planting event of the season so we need your help to make it happen! Join in anytime between 10am to 2pm. If the day is wet then Spade Aid will be postponed for the 18 August.

For all events we will provide warm drinks and light snacks. 

Please bring a rain jacket, warm clothes and sturdy shoes.

If you have them we would also love it if you brought along gardening gloves and a spade. 

Access improved at Rainbow Court - Sept 2018

Following a number of enquiries over time about improving access to Queen Elizabeth Park at Rainbow Court, Raumati South, we’re going to trial completely removing the barrier there  so we've removed the barrier from today 21/9/2018. There has been feedback from parents with buggies, cyclists / mountain bikers with child carriers and trailers, and people with mobility scooters all having difficulty accessing the park.

The barrier was originally put in place to prevent issues with motorbikes and horses. The main reason that motorbikes are prohibited at Queen Elizabeth Park is for the health and safety of legitimate park users. They can also do significant damage to the park environment in a very short time. With removal of the barrier we will be relying on the local community to actively look out for each other. Please contact the police if you observe motorbikes or scooters using this entrance to access the park.

 Horses are not permitted on this section of track or the sealed Te Ara O Whareroa track due to the damage they can cause to the surface and potential clashes with other users. The nearest park access for horse riders is at Mckenzie Ave. See other permitted horse riding areas.If you do observe horse riders using this access point please report this to the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) contact centre on 0800 496 734.


Roadworks - May 2018

There are some roadworks planned for outside the entrance to Queen Elizabeth Park which will be undertaken by contractors on behalf of NZTA. More information about these roadworks can be found here.

Riding the QEP cycleway more of a picnic than ever - April 2018

Great news for people cycling and strolling Queen Elizabeth Park’s Te Ara O Whareroa cycleway and trail. Courtesy of a $14,000 donation from Kapiti Coast Rotary Pathways Trust, Greater Wellington has installed six beautiful macrocarpa park benches and a wheelchair friendly table and benches along the trail, providing shelter from the winds and yet another reason to enjoy the park. They provide lovely scenic spots for a rest or even a picnic. Greater Wellington says “ good on the combined Rotary clubs of the Kapiti coast for their far-sighted and public spirited funding, it’s really appreciated.”

“A community effort”: left to right - Marion Patchett Rotary Club of Paraparaumu, Murray Carr - treasurer of the Pathways Trust & Otaki Rotary, Deputy Mayor of Kapiti Coast District Council Janet Holborow, Greater Wellington Councillor Prue Lamason, Graham Priest Pathways Trust & Rotary Club of Paraparaumu, Greater Wellington Councillor Penny Gaylor and (seated) Richard Starke, Pathways Trust & Waikanae Rotary.

Rabbits at Queen Elizabeth Park - March 2018

We’ve had some reports of people finding dead animals at QEP. We expect the dead animals were possibly rabbits rather than hares.

Rabbits are far more common than hares in QEP. If they were rabbits, there is a possibility that they died as a result of burrow fumigation undertaken in an area of the dunes at the northern end of the park on Tuesday.

Signs informing the public of this work were put in place, and are still in place, on the walking tracks leading into the area (see map for locations). The signs include a warning of the risk to dogs; dogs could be exposed to the fumigant if they dig up a burrow soon after it is treated with the fumigant, but the chance of any ill effect is very low because the fumigant has a very strong smell that would repel a dog, and the fumigant dilutes once it’s exposed to the wider atmosphere outside the burrow. There is very little risk of any secondary poisoning from a dog scavenging a rabbit carcass.

What else do you need to know

  • If the dead animals were indeed hares then we cannot account for their demise. Hares don't live in burrows so they won't have been fumigated
  • No toxic bait has been laid (which hares will not eat anyway) and no night-shooting has been undertaken in the park by GW
  • The RHDV1 virus affects only rabbits, and is circulating in the rabbit population all the time, having recently gone through parts of the region. Pet rabbits are susceptible to this current strain and should receive regular vaccinations from vets
  •  The new strain RHDV1 K5 has not yet been released and the same vaccination will be effective for this strain too. We plan to provide more information on this
  • Our staff did go out to the park following this enquiry and were unable to locate the animals in question to determine whether they were indeed hares, or rabbits

If people do want to contact us if they see more dead animals and are still concerned please email



The wooden bridge was damaged by Cyclone Gita and has been removed.  Alternative vehicle access is upstream on Wellington Road.

Extra care must be taken on the Loop Road due to pedestrian traffic.  Please be aware of debris in the area.


The Coastal track from Whareroa beach to the Raumati esplanade entrance is CLOSED due to erosion.

Crews will be busy over the next few months cleaning up and we ask the public to keep out of areas that have been closed and report any additional damage to the Ranger.

Please also be aware that vehicles and machinery could be using any of the tracks at any time.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Weed spraying in Queen Elizabeth Park – Background to the public meeting Nov 2015

A public meeting was held at Raumati South Memorial Hall, 7 Tennis Court Road, on 14 November 2015 between 10:00-noon at which we listened to the community's concerns, answered questions and made our officals available directly after the meeting to talk to members of the community. See responces to questions and answers under the public support documents.