Pencarrow Lighthouse is located in the East Harbour Regional Park where walking tracks lead to the Pencarrow Lakes, Kohangapiripiri and Kohangatera. Home to several rare and threatened species of wildlife, the lakes are New Zealand’s last relatively unmodified wetlands. To access the lighthouse, you must walk or cycle from the road end at Burden’s Gate (past Eastbourne). You cannot drive further than this gate.
The unpaved coastal road is flat for most of the 8km to the Lighthouse, but rises steeply at the end along a narrow track to reach the lighthouse (about a 15min walk up the steep track). If walking, allow at least 3 hours for the return trip plus the time you will spend at the lighthouse.
Pencarrow Head is a rugged environment and the weather can be changeable with a severe wind, so go prepared.
Scouts peddled hard for the 8K to the lighthouse and were justly impressed with themselves for getting their. Having a great time was easy with the sea and the rocks which made a natural adventure playground.
With no cars on the road this evening, everyone could relax and take their time with the return ride.