Explore this beautiful pocket of native bush and enjoy incredible views over the city.

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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


Start at Sign of the Bellbird, Gibraltar Rock or Omahu Bush car park for access to walking tracks.

There's a spectacular view with an easy rock scramble to the top of Gibraltar rock. Look for the small layby immediately after the cattlestop at Ahuriri Reserve.


Dogs are prohibited on all walks in Ahuriri.


Facilities back at the Sign of the Bellbird.


Explore one or both of the walks below for gorgeous native forest and spectacular views over the city: