Walking, running and tramping
A backdrop to Eastbourne and Wainuiomata, East Harbour’s sheltered valleys and sweeping bays offer beautiful bush and exhilarating views over Wellington Harbour and headlands.
The park has moderately steep hills and is exposed in places. There is no shelter in the Parangarahu Lakes Area or Baring Head/Ōrua-pouanui. As weather can be changeable please:
The Hawtry Route on the Main Ridge between the McKenzie Track and the top of the Kereru Track is an unformed track and marked with orange discs. It takes approximately 1 hour to walk this section. In the interests of safety, inexperienced people should allow plenty of time to finish their walk in daylight. Note that it takes at least 30 minutes to walk down from the Main Ridge to Days Bay or Eastbourne.
Some sections of the tracks are moderately steep and slippery when wet. Avoid streams in heavy rain. See NZMS sheet BQ32 for further detail of the terrain.
The geography of the park gives rise to several clusters of tracks, with a wide range of grades for different levels of ability. Most are readily accessible via public transport.