The Whakanui Track takes you from Wainuiomata through to the Orongorongo River in the Rimutaka Forest Park. It can be walked as a return trip, or connected with the Big Bend Track or Mt McKerrow Track finishing at Catchpool carpark, or with Papatahi Crossing to finish in the Wairarapa.
The track begins on the true right side of Whakanui Creek and climbs to the long, flat ridge separating Whakanui Creek from Turere Stream, before descending to Hine Road/Sunny Grove in Wainuiomata. The track passes through podocarp/broadleaf forest for most of its length. There are good views of the main Rimutaka Range from the higher parts of the track (around 700 metres).
The track starts at the end of Sunny Grove, off Hine Road. Hine Road is the last road on the left as you head out of Wainuiomata towards the coast.
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.