Wellington/Kapiti region

The Catchpool Valley entrance to the Rimutaka Forest Park. Photo Claudia Hill.

The Catchpool Valley entrance to the Rimutaka Forest Park

Map showing Wellington/Kapiti region.

Catchpool Valley is the most popular entrance to Rimutaka Forest Park. It includes Orongorongo Valley and its booked huts - bookings can be made via the online booking system or by contacting the Wellington Visitor Centre.

Within Catchpool Valley are attractive short walks and access to longer bush tramps, a well maintained campground, and pleasant picnic and barbecue facilities. There is also a field base, toilets, and a 24-hour emergency telephone.

The Catchpool Valley is undergoing a transformation as pine trees planted by the former New Zealand Forest Service are removed to enable the return of native forest.

View the Catchpool Valley and Orongorongo Valley brochure and map (PDF, 3109K).


Catchpool Valley is located 12 km south of Wainuiomata, on the Coast Road, 45 minutes drive from Wellington.

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Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies

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