Orongomai Trail

COVID-19 update on parks and tracks

The Government is asking for everyone to stay at home. Their advice is that you can go for a walk or exercise outdoors for a short time, and to stick to simple walks or exercise spots close to home. 

When you are out, you must stay two metres away from anyone who is not in your household.

Parks and cemeteries are open for pedestrian access only, and where possible we have closed off park car parks.  Please do not use any play equipment or exercise equipment.

The following are closed:

  • Public toilets
  • Playgrounds, play equipment or exercise equipment in parks
  • The Botanic Gardens
  • Car parks within parks are closed for vehicle access
  • Visitor and information centres, i.e. Bottle Lake Forest and Travis Wetland
  • The Spencer Park animal area
  • Fenced dog parks, including Horseshoe Lake, The Groynes and Styx Mill Reserve. All other parks are available to exercise dogs in
  • All Council-owned sports facilities e.g clubrooms

Start: Sign of the Bellbird, Kennedys Bush.

Finish: Same as the starting point.

Time: 1 hour 15 minutes return.

Toilets: Located at Sign of the Bellbird.

Dogs: No dogs allowed.


Start at the Sign of the Bellbird and follow a grassy track that passes in front of the shelter and toilet. Cross the stile at the start of the Orongomai Trail then follow the track as it zigzags down through bush past several track junctions. Below the Quarry Trail junction the track becomes rougher and descends to a small stream.

The lower part of the reserve has some of the best accessible forest in the Port Hills. At a stream confluence the track starts climbing up beside the second stream, passing by several large totara and matai trees. Continue climbing steadily through predominantly kanuka forest and follow the signs back to the Sign of the Bellbird.

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