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.
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.
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.
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.