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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. 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

Posted 29/6/20

Greater Wellington Regional Council has completed the deer culling in East Harbour Regional Park Northern Forest.

Road works at Baring Head, 8-25 June

Posted 8/6/20

Road repairs taking place at Baring Head from Fitzroy Bay to Wainuiomata Coast Road Bridge carpark from Monday 8 June until Thursday 25 June. Expect delays. Proceed with caution, make eye contact with machine operator and wait until it is safe to pass. 

Track closure - Butterfly Creek

Posted 3/6/20

As part of the continuing re-metaling of our tracks in East Harbour Regional Park, Northern Forest, Greater Wellington is preparing for a helicopter operation to upgrade the track surface. This will take place, weather depending, on Tuesday 23 and Wednesday 24 June.

See a map of the track closure.

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Northern Forest Muritai Park entrance/exit closure

Posted 21/5/20

The Muritai Park entrance/exit in Northern Forest will be closed to the public on Monday 15 June for a tree felling operation, weather permitting. 

The public will not be able to enter or exit the Muritai or Kāeaea tracks while this operation is happening.

If there's poor weather, the back up date for the tree felling operation is Tuesday 16 June.

We apologise for the inconvenience.

Duck hunting - 23 May to 28 July

Posted 21/5/20

Recreational duck hunting will be taking place in East Harbour Regional Park at the following locations: 

  • Parangarahu lakes area (Pencarrow) - Lake Kohungapiripiri only
  • Baring head - Wainuiomata River 

These areas remain open to the public.

COVID-19 update

Posted 9/6/20

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

  • Maintain regular handwashing
  • Maintain good hygiene measures (coughing or sneezing into your elbow) 
  • Keep track of where you have been and who you have seen, including sports teams and recreational groups

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. 

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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.


Greater Wellington Regional Council shall be carrying out deer culling in East Harbour Regional Park Northern Forest from 25th May to 30th June

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.

Professional hunters with knowledge of the area and the skills required to operate in the sensitive environment are being employed by GWRC to hunt deer prone areas of the Northern Forest block for wild deer and signs of their presence.

Members of the public using the area are advised to stay on the main sign-posted walking tracks and 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 GWRC’s 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 GWRC in their efforts towards restoring the native ecosystem functions of the Northern Forest


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