Spicer Forest - Porirua Outdoor Recreation Park

Porirua City Council has prepared a development plan for a large grouping of reserves west of Tawa and Porirua, including Spicer Forest.

Map of outdoor recreation park in Porirua and Tawa.

See full details of Porirua's Outdoor Recreation Plan

These reserves together form an outdoor recreation park providing for a range of activities, including walking, mountain biking, horse riding and running.

The reserves in the plan include:

  • Colonial Knob Scenic Reserve (owned by Department of Conservation)
  • Porirua Scenic Reserve (owned by Porirua City Council)
  • Spicer Forest (owned by Wellington City Council)
  • Spicer Botanical Park (owned by Porirua City Council)
  • Te Rahui o Rangituhi (owned by Porirua City Council).

The Porirua Outdoor Recreation Park plan guides the detailed planning over the next ten years of:

  • track and entrance development
  • current and future recreation activities
  • landscape management and restoration
  • ways to reduce user conflict.

The plan provides guidance for each agency when implementing existing policy and setting future budgets and work programmes through the Long Term Plan.

How Spicer Forest fits into the outdoor recreation park

Spicer Forest is a pine forest at the northern end of Ohariu Valley Road. It lies on relatively steep slopes with areas of regenerating native forest, providing a green backdrop to Tawa.

There is car parking at the end of Ohariu Valley Road.

The forest provides the main access to the outdoor recreation park from Ohariu Valley and Makara. The national walkway Te Araroa follows Ohariu Stream through the forest.

A shared trail, currently under construction, will link this area with Spicer Botanical Park, off Broken Hill Road.



Spicer Forest Draft Implementation Plan 2016 - 2026 (9.8MB PDF)

What's proposed for Spicer Forest

Wellington City Council has prepared a draft Vegetation Management, Recreation and Landscape Development Implementation Plan to detail the management and development of Spicer Forest over the next 10 years. Feedback from key stakeholders is being gathered to ensure that the development of Spicer Forest is informed by key user groups of the Park.

The draft Development Implementation Plan is a detailed visual plan for the vegetation management and landscape development at Spicer Forest. The plan includes track alignment, priority areas for weed control, long term planting and restoration, picnic and other low impact development areas. It is consistent with the principles and proposal for Spicer Forest in the Porirua Outdoor Recreation Park plan and links with the wider track network.

More information

Steven Peters
Senior Park Ranger
Phone: 021 227 8391
Email: steven.peters@wcc.govt.nz