The track starts about 10 minutes along the Orongrongo Track. A stiff climb follows Butcher Stream to around 400 metres and magnificent views of Wellington harbour.
Return via the same track or for a round trip, head north on Cattle Ridge Track to join the Orongorongo Track near Turere Stream (4 hr, 12 km),
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 car park follow the Orongrongo Track to Butcher Track.
Know before you go
Before you go into the outdoors, tell someone your plans and leave a date to raise the alarm if you haven't returned. To do this, use the New Zealand Outdoors Intentions process on the AdventureSmart website. It is endorsed by New Zealand's search and rescue agencies and provides three simple options to tell someone you trust the details about your trip.