Washpool track above Te Kopi

Image: Joe Hansen | DOC


Cross the Aorangi Range from Putangirua Pinnacles to Cape Palliser.

Track overview

30 km one way

Walking and tramping

2-3 days Advanced: Tramping track

Mountain biking

Advanced: Grade 4

Dog access

Dogs allowed. Keep dog under control at all times.

About this track


Cape Palliser Road to Washpool Hut

Via Putangirua Pinnacles Campsite

Time: 4–5 hr
Distance: 10 km

Start on the Pinnacles Track about 10 min from the campsite carpark, then continue an old bulldozed track around and above the Pinnacles rock formations to the main bush edge. From there, follow the main ridge between the Huripi and Putangirua streams, turn sharply to the right along the Mt Surf ridge to a gradual spur down into the Makotukutuku (Washpool) valley, before dropping steeply to Washpool Hut.

Via stream bed

Time: 3 hr 30 min
Distance: 9 km

This is an unmarked route up the Washpool Stream bed. Permission is required from Mr D.L. McIlraith on +64 6 3077823.

Washpool Hut to Pararaki Hut

Time: 2 hr 30 min - 3 hr 30 min
Distance: 4.7 km

The track starts 100 m upstream from Washpool Hut, on the opposite bank. It climbs steadily over a high dividing ridge into the next valley and Pararaki Hut.


Pararaki Hut to Kawakawa Hut

Time: 2–3 hr
Distance: 4.5 km

Find the track 100 m downstream and on the opposite bank from Pararaki Hut. It climbs steadily into a low saddle, then sidles down the true left of Murphys Creek to the true right fork of the Kawakawa (Otakaha) Stream. From there it's an easy walk to Kawakawa Hut at the major confluence.

Kawakawa Hut to Mangatoetoe Hut

Time: 2 hr 30 min - 3 hr 30 min
Distance: 6.2 km

Tthe track starts in front of Kawakawa Hut and follows up the true left fork of the Kawakawa Stream. After 1 hour in the stream bed, it climbs steeply at first through a saddle and down into the true right hand fork of the Mangatoetoe Stream. It meanders down stream to the hut.

Mangatoetoe Hut to road end

Time: 1 hr 30 min
Distance: 4.5 km

From the hut, follow an unmarked route down the true left of the Mangatoetoe Stream to Cape Palliser Road.

Mountain biking

The Aorangi Crossing is an advanced ride that involves a challenging hill climb. A high level of fitness is recommended for this 27 km ride and an early to mid morning start is advised, particularly if a return trip is planned. Start from Haurangi Road, passing by Waikuku Lodge and Sutherlands Hut. You can include a diversion to the Putangirua Pinnacles before exiting the park at Te Kopi.

Getting there

The track starts 45 km south of Martinborough, at Putangirua Pinnacles Campsite. Follow Lake Ferry Road for about 32 km, then turn onto Cape Palliser Road and follow this for a further 14 km to the campsite.


Kapiti Wellington Visitor Centre
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Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
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The Terrace
Wellington 6143
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