The Pencarrow Lakes are New Zealand’s last remaining, relatively unmodified wetlands
Image: DOC



Pencarrow Lakes are tucked in behind Pencarrow Head at the entrance to the Wellington Harbour. You can walk or mountain bike to the lakes.


  • many picnic spots and walks
  • awe inspiring views of Wellington’s dynamic coastline, harbour, and cityscape
  • views out to Cook Strait and the snow-capped Kaikoura ranges

Find things to do and places to stay Pencarrow Lakes

The area provides an excellent open water and wetland habitat, supporting a high number of waterfowl species. For some waterfowl it's the only breeding area in the Wellington region. The spotless crake and the Australian bittern are among the rare waterfowl reported in the area. Many species of coastal birds can also be seen in the area.


Kapiti Wellington Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 4 384 7770
Address:   18 - 32 Manners Street
Postal Address:   PO Box 10420
The Terrace
Wellington 6143
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