A greenhood orchid on the
Middle Ridge Track
This track follows the ridge between Graces Stream and Catchpool Stream. It links up with the Clay Ridge and Five Mile Loop Tracks.
The vegetation consists of more drought-tolerant plants such as manuka because of the drier aspect and shallower soils.
The track gives good views of the Catchpool Valley.
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 go to the downhill side, across the lawn and across the footbridge to the start of the track.
Know before you go
It has steep sections that can be slippery when wet.