Orongorongo Valley
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Introduction

Catchpool Valley is the most popular entrance to Rimutaka Forest Park. It includes Orongorongo Valley and its booked huts with walks for all ages and fitness levels.

Highlights

  • Picnic areas - both open and secluded spots along Catchpool Road. 
  • Campground with toilets, showers and gas barbecues. 
  • Field base, toilets, and a 24-hour emergency telephone.

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Place overview

Activities

  • Camping
  • Horse riding
  • Walking and tramping

Facilities

  • Barbeque
  • Information panels
  • Phone
  • Picnic tables
  • Toilets

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Horse riding

Access to the Cattle Ridge road and Mid Slope road is now available during normal park opening hours.

Opening hours: 8am - 8pm daily

Access
  • For a guide to open tracks refer to yellow highlighted route/s on the map.
  • Horse riding is not permitted anywhere else in the Park.
Please follow Health & Safety rules and guidelines
  • It is recommended that high visibility clothing is worn at all times while in the area.
  • Be aware, as walkers, vehicles, mountain bikers and other users may be on the logging roads at the same time as you.

Tracks marked in yellow are open for horse and mountain bike riding.

Catchpool horse riding map.

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    About this place

    Getting there

    The entrance to Rimutaka Forest Park is on the Coast Road, 12 km south of Wainuiomata in the Hutt Valley. 

    The entrance gate to Catchpool valley is open summer 6 am–8 pm; winter 6 am–6 pm.

    Know before you go

    • Portable generators are excluded from the park. 
    • Fires may not be lit in Catchpool Valley.
    • There is no cell phone or radio communication in the Catchpool and Orongorongo valleys. An emergency phone is located outside the field base.
    • If the ford across the Catchpool Valley Road is flooded, do not attempt to drive through it. 
    • The Nga Taonga Trail provides alternative foot access if the ford is impassable.
    • Check the weather forecast - the weather in the Rimutaka Forest Park can change rapidly. The Orongorongo River rises quickly and can take several days to drop to a level that is safe to cross.
    • Before you go into the Orongorongo valley, advise someone where you are going, when you are returning, what they should do if you fail to meet your deadline, and who they should contact (employer etc.) if you get delayed in a hut by bad weather and/or flooded river.
    • Always take warm, waterproof clothing, food and drink, even on short walks. 

    Contacts

    Kapiti Wellington Visitor Centre
    Phone:   +64 4 384 7770
    Address:   Nokia House
    13 - 27 Manners Street
    Wellington
    Email:   wellingtonvc@doc.govt.nz
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