Matiu / Somes Island (PDF, 1.3MB)
Matiu/Somes Island is located in the middle of the Wellington Harbour. It is predator free, being a sanctuary for native plants, birds and animals. From the top of the island you can experience spectacular 360 degree views of Wellington Harbour and the surrounding area.
Butterfly Creek (Eastbourne Hills) (PDF, 805KB)
Butterfly Creek has many hiking trails which provide access to some great bird watching and some of the largest kahikatea in the East Harbour Regional Park. The park also has one of the richest orchid assemblages in the region with 33 species recorded.
Parangarahu Lakes (Pencarrow) (PDF, 1.2MB)
Parangarahu Lakes is one of the most biologically diverse wetlands in Wellington. It is the location of two nationally significant freshwater lakes (Kohangapiripiri and Kohangatera) and associated wetlands. These pristine sea level lakes provide a special habitat for some regionally threatened oceanic, dune and wetland birds.
Korokoro Valley (PDF, 775KB)
Korokoro Valley is one of the largest areas of native bush readily accessible from Lower Hutt, containing the last significant stand of rimu-rata-tawa-kohekohe in the southwest of the Wellington region. A wide range of native birds live here, while the stream is an important fish habitat.
Wainuiomata / Orongorongo Water Collection Area (PDF, 735KB)
The Water Collection Area contains one of the most spectacular and nationally significant remnant podocarp forests in the lower North Island. This environment and the water it provides are important to the region so the area is managed as a remote area with limited access.
Baring Head (Ōrua Pouanui) (PDF, 980KB)
Baring Head is a landscape of national significance and is dominated by marine terraces (old beaches) uplifted by earthquakes. Pencarrow was NZ's first lighthouse and Baring Head was the first electric lighthouse. Species of nationally or regionally threatened flora and fauna are found here, and it is an impressive spot for bird watching.
Percy's Reserve (PDF, 1.7MB)
Percy's Reserve contains a lowland forest gully, a small cave containing weta and glowworm, a waterfall, propagation nursery, gardens, and significant rare and endangered plant collections.
Turakirae Head Scientific Reserve (PDF, 1.6MB)
The Reserve preserves a well-defined sequence of earthquake-raised beaches. The vegetation consists of a mixture of salt tolerant herbs, tussock and reed associations, dune associations and coastal forest. In the winter this is a great spot for seal spotting as up to 500 NZ fur seals stay at Turakirae Head over the winter to build up condition before moving to breeding colonies in other areas.
Catchpool Valley (PDF, 1.8MB)
Catchpool Valley is one of Wellington's most popular outdoor recreation and conservation destinations. The majority of the valley is regenerating scrub dominated by manuka, tuahihi, rangiora, and heketara, with some emergent hinau and rewarewa.
Greater Wellington's cycling and walking journey planner website will automatically map the shortest route from your starting address to your destination address while avoiding unnecessary hills. You can use this website to plan your route to the biodiversity site you wish to check out.
New Zealand Biodiversity Strategy website. This website provides information about NZ's native biodiversity, what is being done to help conserve and manage it, and who is involved. It also explains what actions are being taken within NZ to implement the Convention on Biological Diversity.