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East Harbour Regional Park

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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)

Fireworks are prohibited in all Regional Parks and Forests

Park Notices

Professional deer culling 12 October - 20 November

Posted 28/9/20

No hunting today. 

There will be hunting on Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 October. 

Greater Wellington Regional Council shall be carrying out deer culling in East Harbour Regional Park Northern Forest from  12 October to 20 November.

Hunters will be only hunting when weather conditions are conducive to hunting. No hunting will be undertaken on weekends, public holidays or school holidays. Hunting will on occasion be occurring at night.

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COVID-19 update

Posted 22/9/20

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.

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.

Total dog ban on Pencarrow Coast Road

Posted 5/8/20

Due to lambing operations, there is a total dog ban on Pencarrow Coast Road to Pencarrow Lighthouse in Parangarahu Lakes from Saturday 1 August to Friday 30 October.

Please keep any dogs out of this area during this period and observe any signs about the dog ban. Dogs found running loose in the area will be impounded and enforcement action taken.

Thank you for your cooperation.  

Baring Head Lighthouse Complex update

Posted 10/3/20

The lighthouse complex area is open to the public. Building work is still underway so please take care. 


About

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, 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.

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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
eastharbour.ranger@gw.govt.nz