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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)


East Harbour Regional Park is a contrast of native forest and rocky coastline, providing a magnificent backdrop to Wellington Harbour.

To the north, the hills are clothed in some of the best beech and rata forest in the Wellington area. In contrast, the damp valley floors contains lush semi-swamp forest including kahikatea, pukatea and nikau palms. To the south, the Parangarahu Lakes Area and Baring Head, provide sweeping views and features the Kohangatera and Kohangapiripiri freshwater wetlands, home to a wealth of native plants and wildlife.

Visit the historic lighthouse or explore our new Kāeaea Track offering an insight into the past, with photos showing Eastbourne settlement and a Māori fishing village in Pencarrow.

Park notices

Work on Mackenzie track

Update: work finished for March. 

Our parks team have been hard at work re-establishing the existing Mackenzie track in East Harbour Regional Park. This work began on the week of the 4th of February and will take around one month to complete. This effort will mean the track will have a longer life, better drainage and will allow more people to be able to access the track. Access to the track will remain open for the duration of the work, except for two days in April. There will be more information on this closure closer to the time.

We're thrilled to officially open the Kāeaea Track - 10 Nov 2018

New signs for East Harbour Regional Park’s newest track - the Kāeaea Track offer a fascinating insight into how the region used to look.

Photos and information on the signs half-way up the new track and at the summit show central Eastbourne buildings surrounded by sand dunes and a Māori fishing village in Pencarrow. The track took two seasons to build and it takes between 25 and 45 minutes to walk up depending on your ability. The track is named after the native New Zealand falcon, the Kāeaea, which is commonly seen in the area.

Greater Wellington Regional Council worked with the Eastbourne Community Board and the Eastbourne Historical Society to create the signage and we hope locals and visitors alike will enjoy this new track edition to this park.

View the Kāeaea Track map

Explore East Harbour Regional Park 

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