Swing bridge on Big Bend Track
Image: Laura Honey | DOC 


The Big Bend Track follows the Orongorongo River and connects the Orongorongo Track with the Whakanui Track.

Track overview

Walking and tramping

1 hr 30 min one way from Turere Bridge Intermediate: Great Walk/Easier tramping track

Seasonal restrictions

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

Dog access

Dogs on a leash only

About this track


The Big Bend Track follows the Orongorongo River to Whakanui Creek. It starts at Turere Bridge and connects the Orongorongo Track from the Catchpool car park with the Whakanui Track from Hine Road / Sunny Grove in Wainuiomata.

Return via the same track or complete a loop using the Whakanui Track and Mt McKerrow Track.

Getting there

Catchpool valley is 12 km south of Wainuiomata. Follow the Coast Road for 10 km to the Rimutaka Forest Park entrance, then follow the Catchpool valley road for 2 km to the car park and information area. If the water is flowing over the ford on the road, park before the ford and use the Nga Taonga Nature Walk to reach the car park.

From the carpark follow the Orongrongo Track to Big Bend Track.


Kapiti Wellington Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 4 384 7770
Address:   18 - 32 Manners Street
Email:   wellingtonvc@doc.govt.nz
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