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49. Te Ara Piko PCC photo Chris Freeman
Te Ara Piko


Karehana Bay Scenic Reserve (PDF, 1.1MB)

Karehana Bay Scenic Reserve is a coastal hillside consisting of over 16 hectares of remnant and regenerating coastal/lowland forest, containing high ecological, recreational and scenic values. The reserve is clothed largely in indigenous coastal forest and contains a diverse community of native flora and fauna. Threatened species including gecko, bittern, large leaved milk tree and native carrot are also resident. This is also a great spot for bird watchers, with kereru, tui, fantails, and occasionally kakariki, grey warblers, shining cuckoos and kingfishers inhabiting the bush.

Taupo Swamp (Ara Harakeke) (PDF, 1.8MB)

Taupo Swamp is a nationally significant flax wetland and is one of the largest and most important flax swamps in the Wellington region. The 30 hectare wetland dominated by indigenous species is valued as a recreational asset and is a popular walking and cycleway. It is also valued for its ecological importance as a habitat for sedges, flax, ferns, shrubs, and grasses. The swamp is home to a number of threatened plant species, a habitat to bittern and a large population of fish. See Porirua City Council's website for more information.

Porirua Scenic Reserve, Pikarere Farm & Colonial Knob (PDF, 1.7MB)

These reserves protect the most significant area of forest remaining in the Tawa-Porirua Basin. The view from the summit of Colonial Knob extends from the Kaikoura Range on the South Island to Mount Taranaki in the northwest, Porirua Harbour to the east and Mana and Kāpiti Island seaward. The walking tracks climb through kohekohe, tawa, mahoe and rewarewa forest.

Whitireia Park (PDF, 840KB)

Whitireia Park is a headland on Te Onepoto Peninsula, with commanding views over Mana Island, Porirua Harbour and its environs. The park consists of about 180 hectares of predominantly open space grasslands with a remnant patch of native bush. Te Onepoto Bay provides habitat and a rich feeding ground for kingfishers, Caspian tern, Royal spoonbills, pied and black shags, white-faced heron and black-backed and red-billed gulls. The radio antennae within the park are the second highest man-made structures in NZ after the Sky Tower in Auckland.

Pukerua Bay Coast (PDF, 1.7MB)

Pukerua Bay lies in the flight of birds coming to the mainland from Kāpiti Island so is a great spot for bird watching. Pukerua Bay is a breeding ground for native skinks, little blue penguins and terns. It is also a great place for beachcombing among rock pools, swimming from the sandy beach or exploring walkways like the Secret Valley. The coastal zone is a 'closed for harvest' marine reserve and ideal habitat for rock lobsters, paua, kina, and other marine life.

Pauatahanui Inlet (PDF, 1.7MB)

Pauatahanui Inlet is the only large estuarine wetland left in the lower half of the North Island and contains one of the most important salt marshes in the North Island. The Inlet is well recognised for its high ecological, aesthetic, recreational and cultural values. It contains three important management areas, Pauatahanui Wildlife Reserve, Duck Creek Scenic Reserve and Horokiwi Wildlife Reserve. The Inlet has a diverse local and migratory waterfowl and wading-bird fauna, making the Inlet a great spot for bird watching. See The Guardians of Pauatahanui Inlet website for more information. 

Battle Hill Farm Forest Park - bush remnant (PDF, 2.7MB)

Battle Hill blends native biodiversity and plantation forestry and farming, providing one of Wellington's best recreational facilities. It contains a 32 hectare block of forest remnant along the Horokiwi Stream which is representative of the original coastal forest and is dominated by native species. The remnant contains the region's only self-sustaining population ofRhabdothamnus solandri (bright orange flowers) and a small population of small leaved milk tree. Bellbird, tui and kereru frequent the area, while the stream is home to trout, shortfin eel, inanga, banded and giant kokopu.

Related Links:

Porirua's Top 12 Walking and Cycling Tracks

Cycling and Mountain Biking in Porirua

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.

Greater Wellington Regional Council's biodiversity pages

Wellington Regional Native Plant Guide This guide provides advice on how to use native plants to help our native ecosystems survive and flourish, while beautifying your garden or rural property.

Department of Conservation

Ministry for the Environment's biodiversity page

Maritime New Zealand