East Harbour Regional Park


East Harbour Regional Park

Follow first 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.

Opening hours

8am till Dusk

Dogs are welcome in the Northern Forest. Please keep your dog on a leash.

Dogs are welcome on the Pencarrow Coast Road but not during lambing season from 1st August - 31st October and must be on a lead at all times.

Dogs are not permitted beyond the lighthouse or at Baring Head at any time.

Rāhui on Parangarahu Lakes area - Pencarrow Head coastline - August to February 











East Harbour Regional Park is a contrast of native forest and rocky coastline, providing a magnificent backdrop to Wellington Harbour. Greater Wellington manages the park which includes land owned by Hutt City Council, Greater Wellington Regional Council, Taranaki Whanui and the Crown.

There are two distinct areas. To the north, the hills between Eastbourne and Wainuiomata are clothed in some of the best beech/rata forest in the Wellington area. In contrast, the damp valley floors contain lush semi-swamp forest including kahikatea, pukatea and nikau palms.

To the south, the Parangarahu Lakes Area provides sweeping views and diverse geological features. It cradles the nationally significant freshwater wetlands of Kohangatera and Kohangapiripiri and is home to a wealth of native plants and wildlife.

Parangarahu Lakes Area Co-Management Plan

Following an initial phase of consultation GWRC and PNBST have prepared a Draft Co-Management Plan for the Parangarahu Lakes Area. The Co-Management Plan is the 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

Mark McAlpine

Phone: 04 830 4444 or 027 467 3076
Fax: 04 526 4171

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