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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, this is an on leash park.

Dogs are permitted on the Pencarrow Coast Road from Burdan's Gate to the lower Pencarrow Lighthouse between 1 November – 30 July on a leash.

Dogs are not permitted along Pencarrow Coast Road during lambing season (1 August - 30 October).

Dogs are not permitted beyond the lower lighthouse, the Parangarahu Lakes Area or at Baring Head/Ōrua-pouanui at any time.

Fireworks are prohibited in all Regional Parks and Forests.

Park Notices

Professional deer culling - 1 May to 11 June 2021


We’re carrying out deer culling in East Harbour Regional Park Northern Forest from 1 May to 11 June.

Hunting will be weather dependant and may sometimes take place at night.  It will not take place on weekends, public holidays or school holidays.

We’ve employed professional hunters, with knowledge of the area and the skills required to operate in this sensitive environment.  They’ll look for signs of wild deer presence and will hunt deer prone areas of the Northern Forest block. 

If using the area you’re advised to stay on the main sign-posted walking tracks and to keep dogs on leads. Warning signs are erected at all park entrances.

The culling is necessary to minimise the impact of deer on the ecological values of the forest, which has been identified as an area of high biodiversity value by our Biodiversity department. Heavy browsing of favoured plant species by deer can eliminate individual native species from an area resulting in the loss of diversity and functionality of the forest ecosystem. Reducing wild deer numbers will assist in our efforts towards restoring the native ecosystem functions of the Northern Forest.

Deer sightings can be reported to the park ranger or 027 467 3076.

Duck hunting season - 1 May to 27 May

Posted 30/4/21

Baring Head – Lower reaches of Wainuiomata river.

Hunting will take place daily between 6.30am-10am and 4pm-6.30pm. The park remains open to the public. Please follow park signage and use the inland river track during these times.

Parangarahu Lakes – Lake Kohungapiripiri only. A permit from DOC is required.

Remember: all duck hunters must have a Fish & Game, 2021 Game Bird Licence and Firearms licence. Dogs must be registered and vaccinations up to date. Check out the Fish and Game website for the rules and regulations including The Firearms safety code.  

COVID-19 update

Posted 8/3/21

We are currently at Alert Level 1. In order to recover from the effects of COVID-19 in our community, it is important to:

If you have any questions for us, please call 0800 496 734.

Baring Head Lighthouse complex update

Posted 5/3/21

The new Story Hub is open daily - 9am to 5pm at Ōrua-pouanui/Baring Head Lighthouse complex.

Discover tales of iwi and early settlers, defence history, maritime navigation, NIWA New Zealand and GNS Science work, geology and more about the wider site ecological restoration.

Partial track closure in Parangarahu Lakes

Posted 4/9/20

The boardwalk across the Northern end of Kohungapiripiri will, unfortunately, be closed.

The boardwalk installed in 2006 has been a real asset to the Parangarahu Lakes providing an essential link in the stunning lake circuit. However, moving “swamp” water, mud and actively growing plants have been pushing the hand-driven piles downstream and it is now on the verge of complete failure. The structure is unsafe and must be closed.

Over the last 2 years, several options for repair and replacement have been explored including longer machine-driven piles, a floating pontoon, and a swing bridge. Unfortunately at this time, no satisfactory solution has been found. We will continue to explore options, costs and permissions for linking tracks in this special area.

Download a map of the closed area.


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/Ōrua-pouanui, 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.

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