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“East Harbour Regional Park is for the adventurous, but very close to the city”

East Harbour Regional Park
Ranked #118 of 231 things to do in Wellington
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: East Harbour Regional Park is a contrast of native forest and rocky coastline, providing a magnificent backdrop to Wellington Harbour. Greater Wellington manages the park which includes land owned by Hutt City Council, Greater Wellington Regional Council, Taranaki Whanui and the Crown. There are two distinct areas. To the north, the hills between Eastbourne and Wainuiomata are clothed in some of the best beech/rata forest in the Wellington area. In contrast, the damp valley floors contain lush semi-swamp forest including kahikatea, pukatea and nikau palms. To the south, the Parangarahu Lakes Area provides sweeping views and diverse geological features. It cradles the nationally significant freshwater wetlands of Kohangatera and Kohangapiripiri and is home to a wealth of native plants and wildlife.
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“East Harbour Regional Park is for the adventurous, but very close to the city”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2011

The park extends from the ridges above Eastbourne all the way to the south coast lakes. Features include very old trees, (200+ years), natural forest, glow-worms above Days Bay, Lakes at the south end with a pa site beside one of the lakes.
The ridge is high above Eastbourne and is reached on the way to Butterfly creek or from Williams park, the forest is beautiful in these areas.
South of Eastbourne is a rough, wild and natural coastline leading to two lakes and a pa site, 10km from the sealed road, a lovely bike ride.
A new park is located a further 5km past the lakes, I have yet to explore.

Visited September 2011
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