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East Harbour Regional Park

East Harbour Regional Park

Follow Marine Drive along the coast and then Muritai Road. At Muritai turn left onto Kowhai street and the entrance to East Harbour Regional Park is at the end of the street.

For more information about other entrances check the Getting there tab in left hand menu.

Dogs are welcome in the Northern Forest, this is an on leash park.

Dogs are permitted on the Pencarrow Coast Road from Burdan's Gate to the lower Pencarrow Lighthouse between 1 November – 30 July on a leash.

Dogs are not permitted along Pencarrow Coast Road during lambing season (1 August - 30 October).

Dogs are not permitted beyond the lower lighthouse, the Parangarahu Lakes Area or at Baring Head/Orua-pouanui at any time.

Fireworks are prohibited in all Regional Parks and Forests.

Park Notices

Goat culling from Parangarahu Lakes Turakirae Head 1-12 November

Posted 22/10/21

This does not include private land south of Burdens Gate. Five or six professional goat cullers will start at Parangarahu Lakes on 1 November.

The operation is weather dependent and will likely take five days.

This operation incudes the Takarangi Block, Ōrua Pouanui/Baring Head,  Turakirae Head and the Orongorongo Valley.

Public access will not be impacted during this operation.

Deer DNA scat survey and hunting in East Harbour - Northern Forest

Posted 18/10/21

Between 25 October – 3 December, up to three personnel will be undertaking a search of the Northern Forest to collect deer scat for DNA analysis. During the course of the transect sampling. Field staff will hunt deer encountered. Signs will be at all relevant park entrances.  Be assured that all Greater Wellington contractors are current firearm licence holders and have a strict set of conditions that they need to abide by. 

There is an opportunity for professional deer culling on private land at cost price during the deer scat DNA survey contract period. Please contact Jo at 0274673076, or – to discuss culling on private land.

Mackenzie track temporary closure due to track upgrade

Posted 18/10/21

Parts of Mackenzie track in the Northern Forest will be closed during the upcoming helicopter operation complete some track upgrades. The work is very weather dependent but is planned for two weekdays between 27 October – 5 November.

During the helicopter flying operation, the Mackenzie and Muritai tracks will be closed from the top of the front Eastbourne ridgeline. Butterfly creek valley and picnic area will be closed.

Download the map of the operational area.

Possum control (TB free) in Parangarahu Lakes in September

Posted 29/9/21

Contractors Better Nature will be undertaking possum control from 27th September until further notice at the Parangarahu lakes and some surrounding private land.

The toxins being used are Feratox (Potassium Cyanide) and Diphacinone

  • Toxic to humans and animals
  • Do not touch baits or carcasses
  • Watch children at all times
  • Poison baits and carcasses of animals are deadly to dogs

Notices will be installed at all park entrances.

For more information contact:

Operations Manager, Better Nature, 068365590

Baring head is due for similar treatment in the coming months.

COVID-19 update

Posted 7/9/21

At Alert Level 2, we need to play it safe. Park trails are very busy at present, be aware of other walkers and bikers.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Keep a 2m distance from people you don’t know
  • The ranger’s office will remain closed at level 2
  • Dogs must be on leads
  • When using public facilities please wear a mask
  • The museum will remain closed at level 2
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Stay home if you are unwell

Read the full guidelines >

Baring Head Lighthouse complex update

Posted 5/3/21

The new Story Hub is open daily - 9am to 5pm at Ōrua-pouanui/Baring Head Lighthouse complex.

Discover tales of iwi and early settlers, defence history, maritime navigation, NIWA New Zealand and GNS Science work, geology and more about the wider site ecological restoration.

Partial track closure in Parangarahu Lakes

Posted 4/9/20

The boardwalk across the Northern end of Kohungapiripiri will, unfortunately, be closed.

The boardwalk installed in 2006 has been a real asset to the Parangarahu Lakes providing an essential link in the stunning lake circuit. However, moving “swamp” water, mud and actively growing plants have been pushing the hand-driven piles downstream and it is now on the verge of complete failure. The structure is unsafe and must be closed.

Over the last 2 years, several options for repair and replacement have been explored including longer machine-driven piles, a floating pontoon, and a swing bridge. Unfortunately at this time, no satisfactory solution has been found. We will continue to explore options, costs and permissions for linking tracks in this special area.

Download a map of the closed area.


East Harbour Regional Park is a contrast of native forest and rocky coastline, providing a magnificent backdrop to Wellington Harbour.

To the north, the hills are clothed in some of the best beech and rata forest in the Wellington area. In contrast, the damp valley floors contains lush semi-swamp forest including kahikatea, pukatea and nikau palms. To the south, the Parangarahu Lakes Area and Baring Head/Ōrua-pouanui, provide sweeping views and features the Kohangatera and Kohangapiripiri freshwater wetlands, home to a wealth of native plants and wildlife.

Visit the historic lighthouse or explore our new Kāeaea Track offering an insight into the past, with photos showing Eastbourne settlement and a Māori fishing village in Pencarrow.

Explore East Harbour Regional Park 

Parangarahu Lakes Area Co-Management Plan

The Roopu Tiaki have prepared a Co-Management Plan for the Parangarahu Lakes Area. The Co-Management Plan outlines the approach to be taken by PNBST and GWRC to fulfil their kaitiaki and legal responsibilities. The Co-Management Plan is a guiding document which sets the vision, guiding principles, historical context, management objectives and priority actions for management of the Parangarahu Lakes Area.



Butterfly Creek Bridge Work
The Butterfly Creek Bridge at the picnic area will have slip netting installed on it today between 10am and 12 noon.  So please be aware that a ranger will be installing the netting and you may have to wait a few minutes for him to clear a safe path for you to cross.  I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Get in touch

Phone: 0800 496 734
Fax: not available