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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. Keep your dog under control at all times, and on a leash south of Burdans Gate.

Dogs are not permitted beyond the lighthouse or at Baring Head at any time. Dogs are not permitted along Pencarrow Coast Road during lambing season (1 August - 30 October)

Deer culling in East Harbour Regional Park Northern Forest

No Hunting Today

Greater Wellington Regional Council shall be carrying out deer culling in East Harbour Regional Park Northern Forest from 23rd October – 30th November 2018. The professional hunter will be only hunting the area when weather conditions are conducive to hunting that site. No hunting will be undertaken on weekends, public holidays or school holidays.

Professional hunters with knowledge of the area and the skills required to operate in the sensitive environment are being employed by GWRC to hunt deer prone areas of the Northern Forest block for wild deer and signs of their presence. 

Members of the public using the area will be advised to stay on the main sign-posted walking tracks and to keep dogs on leads. Warning signs erected at all park entrances will be used to notify the users of the area.

The culling is necessary to minimise the impact of deer on the ecological values of the forest, which has been identified as an area of high biodiversity value by GWRC’s Biodiversity department. Heavy browsing of favoured plant species by deer can eliminate individual native species from an area resulting in the loss of diversity and functionality of the forest ecosystem. Reducing wild deer numbers will assist GWRC in their efforts towards restoring the native ecosystem functions of the Northern Forest.


Track Status:  No current track closures

A track will be built between the Muritai lookout and the Muritai/Mackenzie Track junction. This track will become part of a larger walking loop that will start and end at Eastbourne Village, taking in the beach frontage and some historical sites of interest. Greater Wellington Regional Council have worked with Eastbourne Community Board and other community groups over the development of this track. The track has been granted resource consent from Hutt City Council and has been endorsed by the public and Greater Wellington Regional Council councillors under Long Term Plan.

  • The track will be metalled with no significant structures (bridges).
  • The existing Muritai lookout will be enhanced and the seat will be repositioned.
  • While this track is being developed please keep to the existing tracks in that area (Muritai and Mackenzie) as the new track is a construction/hazardous area.
  • There will be brief track closures in that area while we fly materials into the track.  Please check track status on the website.
  • Digger is currently working on old track section at the top of the Muritai Track.
  • Maintenance work is being carried out on the MacKenzie Track from the MacKenzie/Muritai lookout down the hill to the first bridge on Butterfly Creek


Fireworks are prohibited in all Regional Parks and Forest areas.

Explore East Harbour Regional Park 

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 and Baring Head, provide sweeping views and diverse geological features. They cradle the nationally significant freshwater wetlands of Kohangatera and Kohangapiripiri and are home to a wealth of native plants and wildlife.

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