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 block. Keep them under control and remove droppings. Keep dogs on a leash on the Pencarrow Coast Road to protect wildlife habitat. Don't take dogs south of the steep foot track to the historic lighthouse. No dogs are permitted at Baring Head as livestock graze the area.
Please be advised that duck hunters have access to areas along the Wainuiomata River at Baring Head. There will be exclusion zones around the bridge, river access points (e.g. pump shed) and where the walking tracks are close to the river. The exclusion or no-shooting zones will be marked by signs on the river banks and clear maps and guidelines for shooters will be provided with their Fish & Game Hunting Permit.
Please contact Nic Cudby, Fish and Game New Zealand to obtain a permit, PH: 04 477 6118 or 021 846 192
Signs and maps will also be posted at the entrance of the park. Park users are advised to stay on the tracks.
This is the first year the Wellington Regional Council and Fish and Game have worked together to allow hunting in the park in an effort to maintain the number of introduced ducks at low levels.
The hunting will be closely monitored and will not exclude other activities in the park but users are advised that they will likely hear gun shots in the vicinity, particularly in the early morning and evenings.
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.
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