Wellington Regional Trails

Pencarrow Coast Road

Walking time

2 - 3 hr




Walking/Running, Mountain Biking


Single track

Walking difficulty

Easy: Walking track

Mountain Bike Grade

Easy: Grade 2


0m climb

0m descent

7m highest point


Yes (on lead)

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About the trail

Pencarrow Coast Road is a popular walking and biking trail that starts from Burdan’s Gate just south of Eastbourne.

The trail winds its way along the coastline for 7km to Pencarrow Lighthouse and the shores of the Cook Strait. Here you can choose to head along a side trail and spend some time exploring the lighthouse or continue on for 2km to Lake Kohangatera.

You’ll encounter native seabirds and plant life thriving on the exposed coastline, along with indigenous waterfowl, eels and freshwater fish in their natural habitat at Lake Kohangatera and the adjacent Lake Kohangapiripiri.

If you’re an experienced cyclist, you may want to explore the headland between the two lakes. You’ll need to pass through some clearly marked farm gates and wind your way up the farm track to the top of the hill.

Wildfire season – restricted access

Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) is actively monitoring fire danger in regional parks. This trail may have restrictions or closures. Check the latest fire risk status on the GWRC website before heading out on the trails.

The Pencarrow Lighthouse located in Lower Hutt in the Wellington Region. It's a small, white lighthouse, surrounded by grassy hills with the bay visible in the background.

The trail starts from Burdan’s Gate, at the end of Muritai Road in Eastbourne. Car parking is available.

Catch the Number 83 from the city to Eastbourne. Timetables are available from Metlink and East by West Ferries.

The Pencarrow Coast in Eastbourne, Lower Hutt in the Wellington region. The bay is big and blue and there is a  road along the coastline at the foot of a steep green hill.