Watlings Track

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, but to stick to simple walks or exercise spots close to home. 

If using one of our parks, always stay two metres away from anyone not in your household. If you take your dog, please keep it on a leash at all times to help avoid contact with other dogs. Take your dog poo home and dispose of it in your red bin.

Where there are gates and latches in parks, please avoid using your hands to open and close them. If gates are off their hinges or left open, please leave them as you find them.

Cemeteries are open for pedestrian access only. 

The following are closed:

  • Public toilets.
  • Playgrounds, play equipment or exercise equipment in parks.
  • The Botanic Gardens.
  • Car parks within parks.
  • Visitor and information centres.
  • The Spencer Park animal area and fenced dog parks.
  • All Council-owned sports facilities

Unite Against Covid-19, visit covid19.govt.nz

person walking in bush

Start: Hoon Hay car park, Summit Road, near junction with Trig V track.

Finish: Junction with South Boundary.

Time: 20 minutes (downhill).

Toilets: Located at Sign of the Bellbird.

Dogs: Prohibited.


Watlings Track requires some surefootedness as it takes you down a steep, bouldery, bush-covered gully. It makes a wonderful contrast to the usual open landscapes of the Port Hills. You can connect with the Bush Road Track via Duke Street, a short track heading off to the right as you make your way downhill.

Continue on Watlings Track and shortly after, you’ll pop out onto an open spur where you can choose to follow the South Boundary back to Faulkners Track or take Titoki Track down to Governors Bay where there are options for food and refreshments.

The tracks in Ohinetahi are managed by the Summit Road Society(external link)You can find maps and more information about the area on their website. 

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