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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)

Pencarrow Coast Road Damage


The Pencarrow Coast Road by Lake Kohangatera has been severely damaged in the recent storm and is not passable on the eastern side of Lake Kohangatera.  The flood waters have taken out a section of the road and it is not passable on foot, bike or car. 

Other tracks throughout the park may have been affected please take care and report any other damage to the ranger (

EHRP storm damage pic

1080 Operation:

The aerial 1080 operation over the East Harbour Regional Park and surrounding properties west of Coast Road was completed on Monday, May 15. The three-hour operation was the first part of the operation to control possums over a large area of the southern Rimutaka Range. The larger Part 2 of the operation, including the Rimutaka Forest Park and the Orongorongo Valley will begin during the next fine weather window.

Muritai Lookout to MacKenzie Track Junction

Track Status:  No current track closures

A track will be built between the Muritai lookout and the Muritai/Mackenzie Track junction. This track will become part of a larger walking loop that will start and end at Eastbourne Village, taking in the beach frontage and some historical sites of interest. Greater Wellington Regional Council have worked with Eastbourne Community Board and other community groups over the development of this track. The track has been granted resource consent from Hutt City Council and has been endorsed by the public and Greater Wellington Regional Council councillors under Long Term Plan.

  • The track will be a metalled with no significant structures (bridges).
  • The existing Muritai lookout will be enhanced and the seat will be repositioned.
  • While this track is being developed please keep to the existing tracks in that area (Muritai and Mackenzie) as the new track is a construction/hazardous area.
  • There will be brief track closures in that area while we  fly materials into the track.  Please check track status on the website.

We will do our best to keep the existing tracks open while working, so please keep an eye out and follow any safety instructions while in the area. 


Fireworks are prohibited in all Regional Parks and Forest areas.

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: 0800 496 734
Fax: not available