Wellington Regional Trails

Walking time

30 min






Single track

Walking difficulty

Easy: Walking track


140m climb

0m descent

150m highest point


Yes (on lead)

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About the trail

Located in Lower Hutt’s East Harbour Regional Park, the Kowhai Street Track is a great option for a short walk. Beginning in Kowhai Street, Eastbourne, the well-maintained track climbs to reveal wonderful views over Wellington Harbour. Roughly 1km along the track, a junction gives the option to take a longer return route via MacKenzie Road Track or a 15 minute descent to Butterfly Creek.

Butterfly Creek Valley is surrounded by silver fern and beech trees that make for a cooling walk after your initial exertion. You’ll also come across a picnic area with tables and a toilet. Depending on the track you take, walks last between 30 minute and 2 hours return.

five people sat on a bench at Butterfly creek enjoying a picnic amongst the shady trees.

The picnic area at Butterfly Creek is the perfect spot for a relaxing break during your walk.

Getting there

The trail starts at the end of Kowhai Street, Eastbourne. There are regular bus and ferry services to Eastbourne and the surrounding areas. Timetables are available from Metlink and East by West Ferries.

Know before you go

Get ready using Plan My Walk for track alerts, weather forecasts, and trip reviews. For weather forecasts, check the MetService website.