Click to go to the Porirua Pathfinder page.Spicer Botanical Park: Top 12 Tracks No. 12

The Spicer Botanical Park is an arboretum of exotic trees which is directly beside the Department of Conservation (DOC) Colonial Knob Scenic Reserve. It is one of Porirua City's hidden gems, with over 2 kilometres of grass or gravel tracks in a series of short loop walks.

From the arboretum, you can walk through Tawa-Kohekohe lowland forest up to two historic man-made reservoirs, one of which had its dam fail, and is now a wetland. Keep an eye out for native birds, and listen to the sounds of small waterfalls. The path is generally flat, but does have a short steep section leading up to the reservoirs. Remember to take suitable clothing, wear strong shoes, and don't forget your camera.

Note: There is a ford at the start of the Park. You can avoid this by either travelling over the bridge at the west end of the carpark or by taking the Orientalis walk after entering the main gates.

Please also note that there are no public toilets in the Park.

View of one of the historic man-made reservoirs in Spicer Botanical Park.
View of one of the historic man-made reservoirs in Spicer Botanical Park.

How to get there

Enter by the gates to Broken Hill landfill, Broken Hill Road, Elsdon. There is plenty of parking space at the Park entrance.

Click on the image to view the Spicer Botanical Park line drawing map (pdf). Maps


Walkers only.


Dogs are permitted off lead, but only in the exotic trees. Dogs are not permitted on the route up to the reservoirs which travels through native bush on the adjoining DOC scenic reserve (Colonial Knob).   See our Dog Exercise Areas page.


Picnic Tables.

Grade: Easy to moderate. (Slopes up to 12%).

No gradient elevations are available for these tracks.

Links to other Tracks

Links to Track 11, Colonial Knob, and to Te Araroa Pathway south to Wellington. Please refer to "Porirua's Great Walking and Cycling Tracks" brochure (1.9MB 2 page pdf) for more information.

Environment Code

  • Protect plants and wildlife
  • Remove rubbish
  • Keep to the track
  • Consider other people
  • Clean up after your dog


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