Tawhairaunui 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, 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 on lookout

Start: Victoria Park Dog Park, Port Hills.

Finish: Victoria Park Visitor Centre.

Distance: 1km.

Time: 20 minutes return.

Access: Suitable for wheelchairs and buggies.

Toilets: Located at Victoria Park.

Dogs: Must be kept on a leash.


From the car park at the dog exercise park, follow the path through a wooded area with boardwalks and two viewing platforms 

The second viewing platform is shaded by a large red beech tree – Tawhairaunui is its Māori name.

Zig zag up through native plantings to cross Victoria Park Road and head down to finish at the Visitor Centre.  

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