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Butterfly Creek, East Harbour Regional Park

Google Earth image of the route to Butterly Creek
Area
East Harbour Regional Park
Distance
1.66km each way
Time
1-1.5hr return
Grade
Easy
Access
From Kowhai St (off Muritai Road),^ Eastbourne
Map
BQ31
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This delightful picnic and camping spot has drawn Wellington walkers for generations and provides a retreat into a secluded wee valley dominated by beech forest.

Kowhai Track is the most accessible of several that lead into Butterfly Creek. Beginning from Eastbourne township, the well-graded track climbs steadily onto bush-covered ridges, with views over the harbour and its islands. A short descent leads to the junction with the Mackenzie Track, then it’s an easy stroll through mature forest to a footbridge across Butterfly Creek.

On a sunny summer’s weekend, you can have a picnic lunch and swim at Days Bay, walk into the camping area to stay overnight, then be home again by midday.