Click to go to the Porirua Pathfinder page.Pauatahanui Wildlife Management Reserve: Top 12 Tracks No. 6

The Pauatahanui Wildlife Management Reserve is a nationally important wildlife reserve with hides for bird watching. You can wander through a well developed series of flat gravel and boardwalk tracks amongst the Pauatahanui Inlet estuary salt marsh vegetation. The tracks run a total of 2.2 kilometres. Allow an hour to explore the area.

The Reserve has some great views for keen photographers, so remember to take your camera. It can be muddy in places after rain, so wear appropriate footwear.

View over one of the many small lagoons at Pauatahanui Wildlife Management Reserve.
View over one of the many small lagoons at Pauatahanui Wildlife Management Reserve.

How to get there

The main entrance is located beside the Lighthouse Cinema in Pauatahanui Village. Look for the gravel driveway – parking is available up the driveway.

Click on the image to view the Pauatahanui Wildlife Management Reserve map (pdf). Map


Walkers: Wheelchairs in parts with assistance.
Dogs: Not permitted in the Reserve.


Toilets: Public toilets near the Lighthouse Cinema
Cafes: In the nearby Pauatahanui Village

Grade: Flat

Elevation: Pauatahanui Wildlife Management Reserve.

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Links to other Tracks

Work is currently underway to link the Pauatahanui Wildlife Management Reserve to Te Ara Piko (Track 5). Please refer to the "Porirua's Great Walking and Cycling Tracks" brochure (1.9MB 2 page pdf) for more information.


Start at the main entrance in Pauatahanui village walking through to explore the reserve through to Grays Road. Cross Grays Road to explore the reserve on the other side, then return through the Village to your starting point.

Environment Code

  • Protect plants and wildlife
  • Remove rubbish
  • Keep to the track
  • Consider other people
  • Clean up after your dog


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