Main Ridge Hill to Ferry Road, Days Bay

  • Walking
  • Dog Friendly

This track provides a route through the heart of the northern area, from where you can access the eastern bays of Wellington Harbour or the Wainuiomata Valley. The track passes through regenerating bush and impressive stands of mature beech/rata forest.

Times are one way.

Conditions: Open

Dogs are welcome in the northern block. Keep them under control and remove droppings. Dogs must be on a leash on the Pencarrow Coast Road to protect wildlife habitat. Do not take them south of the steep foot track to the historic lighthouse. No dogs are permitted at Baring Head as livestock graze the area.

  • Pack in and pack out.
  • Take your rubbish home and recycle it where possible.
  • Do not remove, disturb or damage native plants and animals.
  • Light no fires. Portable stoves are permitted.
  • Mountain biking is permitted on designated tracks in the northern forest (Main Ridge from Wainuiomata to Rata Ridge), in the Parangarahu (Pencarrow) Lakes Area and at Baring Head.

The park has moderately steep hills and is exposed in places. There is no shelter in the Parangarahu Lakes Area or Baring Head. As the weather can be changeable please:

  • Carry warm and waterproof clothing
  • Carry enough food and drink for your trip
  • Plan your route and leave your intentions with someoneWear strong lace-up footwear
  • 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.

How to get here

Private vehicle

  • Wainuiomata Hill Road: Near the lookout. Approach the carpark via Wainuiomata.

By public transport:

  • Wainuiomata: Take bus No. 170 from Waterloo Interchange (Mon-Sun). Park entrances are near Main Road, Wainuiomata.
  • To find the easiest way to get home from the park see Metlink's journey planner.

Map of Track

More information

Maintained by

Greater Wellington Regional Council
Page last updated: Apr 13, 2020, 1:30 PM