Pencarrow Coast

Historic settlers track with fantastic views

This easy ride was originally an important route for the first settlers of the region to gain access to the neighbouring region of Wairarapa. The flat coastal ride or walk is full of history - discover New Zealand's first lighthouse, shipwrecks and the beautiful Kohangapiripiri and Kohangatera Lakes.

  • Scenic ride with views of the stunning south coast and the South Island
  • Ride past a New Zealand fur seal colony
  • If you're into fishing, take your surf casting gear 


Pencarrow Lighthouses

Follow an easy gravel road out to the 1906 lighthouses on the shoreline and venture up to New Zealand's first light house was erected on 1 January 1859 - home to New Zealand's only woman light house keeper.

Distance | 16 km
Ride | 1.5 hours return
Walk | 4 hours return

More: Pencarrow Lakes on Department of Conservation website

Parangarahu Lakes 

Carry on past the lighthouses to wetlands and ride or walk the lake loops.

Distance | 22km
Ride | 2  hours return
Walk | 5 hours

More: Parangahau Lakes area on Greater Wellington Regional Council


Ready to go

Catch the number 83 bus to the Eastbourne bus terminus, then walk for 5 minutes to Burdans Gate, or simply park up at the road end.

While this is an easy ride, plenty of food, water, warm clothes and sun protection are required as there are no facilities and little shelter on the way. Take a jacket - it can get windy!

Hire a bike at the Green Jersey, Petone or at The Bike Shed Pencarrow  which is at the start of your ride.

While you're in Eastbourne you could stay for lunch or a coffee at one of the many cafes, restaurants or bars.



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