Watlings Track

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, and to stick to simple walks or exercise spots close to home. 

When you are out, you must stay two metres away from anyone who is not in your household.

Parks and cemeteries are open for pedestrian access only, and where possible we have closed off park car parks.  Please do not use any play equipment or exercise equipment.

The following are closed:

  • Public toilets
  • Playgrounds, play equipment or exercise equipment in parks
  • The Botanic Gardens
  • Car parks within parks are closed for vehicle access
  • Visitor and information centres, i.e. Bottle Lake Forest and Travis Wetland
  • The Spencer Park animal area
  • Fenced dog parks, including Horseshoe Lake, The Groynes and Styx Mill Reserve. All other parks are available to exercise dogs in
  • All Council-owned sports facilities e.g clubrooms

person walking in bush

Start: Hoon Hay car park, Summit Road, near junction with Trig V track.

Finish: Junction with South Boundary.

Time: 20 minutes (downhill).

Toilets: Located at Sign of the Bellbird.

Dogs: Prohibited.


Watlings Track requires some surefootedness as it takes you down a steep, bouldery, bush-covered gully. It makes a wonderful contrast to the usual open landscapes of the Port Hills. You can connect with the Bush Road Track via Duke Street, a short track heading off to the right as you make your way downhill.

Continue on Watlings Track and shortly after, you’ll pop out onto an open spur where you can choose to follow the South Boundary back to Faulkners Track or take Titoki Track down to Governors Bay where there are options for food and refreshments.

The tracks in Ohinetahi are managed by the Summit Road Society(external link)You can find maps and more information about the area on their website. 

Map Listing