Butterfly Creek is a beautiful tramping path in the East Regional Harbour Park. It is a popular hike, which can be adjusted to a 4-hour work out or a nice stroll in the native bush. There are several access points to this track. Kowhai Street and the Korohiwa bus barns are about 2 hours return. Muritai Park is about 3 hours return. MacKenzie Road is about 3.5 hours return. Have a look at the Greater Wellington Regional Council website, which provides plenty of information about the hike, distances and history.
Part of the East Harbour Regional Park is the Pencarrow Head walk.
The Pencarrow Lighthouse at the entrance of the harbour is a very beautiful, old romantic lighthouse. Did you know that it was the first permanent lighthouse built in New Zealand and its first keeper, Mary Jane Bennett, was the first and only female lighthouse keeper in New Zealand? On a fine day it is a beautiful walk or cycle to these historic places.
Did you know that in the mid-1890s the shipping entrepreneur John Williams bought Days Bay for £1,000? Mr. Williams spend a whole lot more to turn Days Bay into a resort. While the resort does not exist as such any more, there is still Williams Park, a popular picnic area. Come along, kick around the ball or organise some games for a team building exercise and wander in the footsteps of John William, a man who had a vision.
On a lovely sunny day, the Days Bay Boat Shed is a popular place to hire all sorts of boats like kayaks, canoes and row-boats. They also have mountain bikes, tennis sets, cricket sets, balls (rugby & soccer), pétanque, croquet and more…
Galleries and Shopping
Days Bay and Eastbourne are popular for their local artists. The area provides lots of inspiration for great artwork. Take a walk, discover galleries and get inspired.
If salty, cold seawater is not your thing, try the sunny and heated 25m pool on the sea front in Eastbourne Village. There is a learners’ and toddlers’ pool with shaded areas for hot days. There are a double wave slide and giant inflatables.
The Days Bay beach is a holiday place in Wellington. Take a day off and have a little break from your life. Take it easy and relax the coastal town atmosphere around you.
Fresh Fish on Saturdays
Meet the local fisherman on Saturdays in Point Howard – beautiful fresh fish from the Pacific. What more can you ask for? Come early, stay a while and experience the small town atmosphere in the Bays. Come and enjoy a nice breakfast at the Pavilion afterwards.