Butterfly Creek

East Harbour Regional Park

  • 2 hr 15 min – 3 hr loop track with a road section
  • Easy

An easy forest walk to a picnic area on the eastern side of Wellington Harbour.

Butterfly Creek • By Matthew. Licence: cc by-nc-sa.
Key information
Walking time
2 hr 15 min – 3 hr
Distance
4.0km
Type
Loop track with a road section
Loop track with a road section
Grade
Easy
Bookings
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Find it
Starts
Mackenzie Road, Eastbourne
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Ends
Kowhai Street, Eastbourne
Maps
NZTopo50-BQ32

Several easy routes lead into Butterfly Creek Picnic Area from Eastbourne. The loop described here uses two of them, but there are also tracks leading up from near Burdans Gate to the south or Muritai Road. Eastbourne is a short drive from Wellington, or you can take the ferry from Queen's Wharf to Day's Bay. Walk south to Muritai Road, then turn onto Mackenzie Street. The track climbs the hillside on the left.

The Mackenzie Track climbs through manuka scrub and scattered beech trees, soon giving good views across the harbour. Pass the junction with the Main Ridge Track leading north and the Muritai Track leading back to Eastbourne. Drop down the hillside through silver fern and beech forest into the Butterfly Creek valley and meander in the cool forest along the creek. Pass the track leading back to Kowhai Street, and the picnic area is nearby. Tables and a toilet here.

Return to the Kowhai Street track and climb over the easy ridge past the Bus Barn Track. Drop down through pohutukawa / manuka forest with pretty rengarenga lilies at the trackside. Soon you come out onto Kowhai Street. Walk down to the end and take Muritai Road north.

Walking times:

  • Day's Bay - Mackenzie Street: 20 min
  • Mackenzie Track - Kowhai Track junction: 1 hr
  • Kowhai Street Track junction - picnic area: 30 min return
  • Kowhai Street Track junction - Kowhai Street: 20 min
  • Kowhai Street - Mackenzie Street: 20 min
Map
ID 6192

About this track

Added 11 December 2010 by MatthewMatthew. 1 revision 11 December 2010 by MatthewMatthew.
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