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)
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.
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.
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