The track goes through exotic and native bush and passes an old logging winch.
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 either cross the lawn area to the start of the track or walk down the road to the chained off bollard entrance.