The name ‘Butterfly Creek’ rose to prominence in the 1930s. At that time, from a point at the top of the hill on Matipo Street looking south-east, an enclave of lighter green forest stood out from the more sombre green hues surrounding it. This butterfly-shaped forest remnant lasted until the 1950s when erosion, fire or bulldozing altered the shape. This is the pick of the walks in East Harbour Regional Park
The start of the track is signposted on Muritai Road opposite Karamu Street in Eastbourne.
The metalled and even track is well supplemented with bridges, boardwalks and steps, making it easier than the MacKenzie Track. It’s a 45 minute climb to the junction with the MacKenzie Track.
The 1 hour to Butterfly Creek in the lee of the hill allows the noise from Eastbourne traffic to be screened out and the melodious ramblings of the bird call to be heard undiluted.
At the start of the track is a small grove of titoki trees, banded in an effort to reduce possum browsing.
19 species of orchid are noted around Butterfly Creek, many of which flower at different times of year. Keep and eye out on the banks beside the track, as many have diminutive and delicate forms.
North Island ▷ Wellington Region ▷ Wellington
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