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  • Date 10:00AM Saturday 11th February 2023
  • Location East Harbour Regional Park, Burdans Gate, 507 Muritai Road, Eastbourne
  • Duration Four hours
  • Cost Free - bookings required for the bus
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UPDATE: The bus to the lakes is fully booked, but you’re welcome to bike or walk to the event. If making your own way, meet at 10.15am at the Lakes area (you will see our flags).

Discover the hidden gem of the Parangarahu Lakes area, nestled against the rugged South Coast. Come experience stunning views of Wellington Harbour and the Cook Straight. Learn about the significance of the area to iwi and hear from Zealandia about the kākahi (freshwater mussel) that reside in the lake.

Our event partner Heritage New Zealand will be on site to let you take a rare look inside Pencarrow Lighthouse and to teach you about its unique history.

There’s two walks to choose from depending on your level of fitness; one up to look inside the lighthouse or a flatter lakeside stroll by the Kohangapiripiri Lake. Make sure you bring your lunch, snacks and water, suitable walking shoes, sun protection, layers and a light raincoat. Please note, this is an exposed site and there is no shelter.

There are limited spaces on two buses that will transport you to and from the lake entrance - 14 km return. You can also come by bike and join us at the lake or lighthouse. Either bring your own bike or hire one for the day from Wildfinder near the entrance (electric bike option available).

Bookings for transport on the bus are essential, as private vehicles aren’t allowed in this part of the park. Tickets available from 20 January 2023.

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How to get there

A small group walk up a trail in East Harbour Regional Park

Updated February 10, 2023 at 9:59 AM