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, 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

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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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