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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)

Bus Barn Track Work

Current status: Intermittent closures are possible and will be signalled onsite

When: Potential closures - weekdays during the hours of 9am - 3pm

Due to: Track work on narrow sections making it too difficult for track users to pass machinery safely

Recommended alternative route: Kowhai Track

Track work in progress currently on the lower part of Bus Barn track  - See Map. The work will bring it up to the same standard as the rest of Bus Barn track and create a more durable, easier to use track to Butterfly Creek.


  • Surface reshaping and metalling will minimise erosion from water.
  • Worn steps will be replaced by boxed steps to make climbing/descending easier.
  • Sections of the track are known for their orchids: rangers will ensure that their habitat will remain in great condition during and after maintenance.

We will try our best to keep the track open, so please keep an eye out and follow any safety instructions while you are in the area. There will be additional brief track closures for helicopter operations carting timber, machinery and metal to the track.


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

Mark McAlpine

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