Eastborne and Wainuiomata including East Harbour and Pencarrow


Description

If you don't mind hills and crave awesome views of Wellington city then this is the area for you. Everything from wide, firebreaks through to untracked routes is catered for. As long as you don't mind putting in some effort this area delivers in spades. East Harbour is a little disappointing for mountain bikers but Pencarrow gives plenty of relieve.


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Main Ridge












This is one of the longer tracks in Wellington running along the top of the ridge above Eastborne. It's reasonably challenging although on a nice day can be a pleasant stroll with some views of the harbour. The track itself is well maintained with the exception of the 'wilderness' section between the Kereru and MacKenzie tracks (this is well marked and has a ground trail to follow). NOTE mountain bikes are only allowed between Wainui Hill Rd and the top of Mt Lowry. The ridge track runs between the summit of the Wainuiomata Rd and Muritai Rd near the bus terminal. A number of tracks provide access to different sections of the track.

Time and Difficulty

Allow more than six hours if you're going all the way from Wainuiomata Hill Rd to Muraitai Rd.

Distance and Height

This track is around 17km long



East Harbour - Dillon Rd to Ngaumatau Rd to Cheviot Rd

East Harbour This circular track takes you through the hills above Eastborne around Point Howard. Its reasonably steep but thankfully not too long. Along the track you'll come to a small sign showing where the first house in Lowry Bay was built in 1841 by James and Emma Jackson. While the sign says that the only thing left was a few bricks I couldn't actually find them. You can access this track from Dillon Rd or Cheviot Rd or the mid-point in Ngaumatau Rd

Time and Difficulty

Allow around half an hour to complete the loop

Distance and Height

This track is around 800m long one way



Howard Road to the ridge

East Harbour This tracks links the top of Howards Rd with the ridgeline above Eastborne. While its well graded it is a short grunt over a good track with rewarding views between Petone, Somes Island and Wellington. The bush is still regenerating but shows how tenacious some of our native trees are on these wind swept slopes. The track can be accessed from either Howards Road or the Ridgeline with the nearest entry point being Wainuiomata Hill Road

Time and Difficulty

Allow between 20-30 minutes one way

Distance and Height

This track is around 1.2km long one way



Kereru Track

Kereru Track This tracks provides relatively easy access to the Eastbourne ridge from Days Bay. In places the track zig zags up quite steep faces but overall its a pretty good track and is well marked. On a nice day you're likely to meet families out for some quality time together after taking the ferry across from Wellington. The bush is superb with lots of tall trees (mainly beech) and native birdlife. if you want a good loop track combine the Kereru and Korimako tracks. You can access Kereru from the Pavilion behind the pond, Kereru Rd or Moana Rd.

Time and Difficulty

Allow between 30 and 40 minutes one way up the hill and a little quicker coming the other way

Distance and Height

This track is around 1km long one way



Korimako Track

Korimako Track This track is similar to the Kereru Track, making up for the scrappy bush with much better views out over the harbour. Use both tracks in a loop and you'll get the best of both worlds. This track is like a four lane highway in places. Access is off the Kereru Track (around five minutes up the track) or from Pitoitoi Rd

Time and Difficulty

Allow between 30 and 40 minutes one way up the hill and a little quicker coming the other way

Distance and Height

This track is around 1km long one way



Muritai Park and MacKenzie Rd Track

Muritai and MacKenzie Tracks










These two tracks meet at the ridgeline but are often used as a loop with the return trip via Muritai Rd. Of the two tracks MacKenzie is in excellent condition forming a wide gravel path from top to bottom however Muritai is a true bush track, a little more difficult but ulimately more rewarding. As with all the tracks in this area no mountain biking is allowed.

Time and Difficulty

Allow between 45 minutes and 1 hour to complete the loop including the road trip at the end.

Distance and Height

This track is around 3.1km long from the start of Muritai to the end of MacKenzie tracks. The ridge is reached at 220m above sealevel.



Ferry Rd and Kaitawa Rd Tracks

Ferry and Kaitawa Tracks










These tracks meet briefly at the top of the ridge however I've included them as a single track because the road is often used to form a loop. The condition of the tracks is reasonably good although a little steep in some places.

Time and Difficulty

Allow around an hour and a quarter to complete the loop including the road trip. Either track takes approximately thirty minutes to climb and around twenty five minutes coming back down.

Distance and Height

This track is around 3.2km long from Ferry Rd to Kaitawa Rd. The ridge is reached at 314m above sealevel.



Wainuiomata East Harbour Tracks

Wainuiomata East Harbour Tracks These tracks all lead into Wainuiomata and provide some challenge for those who prefer more basic bush tracks than others in the park. Having said that the tracks are well marked and easy to follow provided you keep an eye out for tree roots. These tracks are all available to mountain bikes but realistically only the Rata Ridge and Zig Zag tracks are usable.

Time and Difficulty

The tracks vary from around an hour between the trig and the ends of the Rata Ridge and Zig Zag tracks down to around twenty minutes for the Fern Gully and Lees Groves tracks.

Distance and Height

This area has 5km of tracks and reach there highest point Lowry Trig at around 380m above sealevel.



Pencarrow, Lakes Kohanagapiripiri and Lake Kohangatera

Pencarrow Lighthouse These tracks run round the eastern heads of Wellington Harbour and include the very interesting wetlands of lakes Kohangapiripiri and Kohangatera. A gravel road hugs the coast round the heads as far as Lake Kohanaatera whereas the rest of the tracks are well mintained walking tracks. The area is well known to local mountain bikers but please ride under control, you never know what is around the next corner.

Time and Difficulty

Allow around an hour to walk to Pencarrow Lighthouse and a further hour or two to explore the lakes. If you've got a bike you can cut these times in half.

Distance and Height

This area has over 8km of tracks





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2 COMMENTS POSTED about Eastborne and Wainuiomata including East Harbour and Pencarrow



nardine: (posted 2014-02-19 14:45:06)
how long will it take to walk from Eastbourne to the gardens at Wainuiomata just past coast road - is this possible - we are not used to country roads , but regularly walk around Oriental parade and Seatoun - is the road very hilly?


Matt: (posted 2014-02-19 14:56:12)
Hi nardine,

Not too sure where Wainuiomata gardens is but it is possible to walk directly between Eastboarne and Wainuiomata through East Harbour regional park via Mt Lawrie. Easiest way is over the York Bay and Rata ridge tracks. Once you go past Mt Lawrie there are a number of tracks leading down to the main Wainui township so pick the one that suits. In terms of time allow a couple of hours. You mention the Coast Road so if Wainui gardens is at the coast it is possible to go right round the coast but this is a good half day trip on sandy beaches.


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