Tawhairaunui Trail

COVID-19 update on parks and tracks

All parks and tracks are open under alert level 2.  To help keep everyone well, please continue to maintain a 2 metre distance from other people when you’re out and about and please wash your hands before and after using equipment in our parks and gardens.

The following are all open:

  • All parks and gardens
  • Public toilets
  • Playgrounds, play equipment or exercise equipment in parks
  • Visitor and information centres
  • Dog parks
  • The Botanic Gardens
  • Boat ramps and wharves
  • Cemeteries

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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