Beech trees overhanging Graces Stream

Image: Laura Honey | DOC


This is a backcountry campsite in the Wellington area. 800 m from the Catchpool carpark and close to plenty of good walks into the Orongorongo Valley.

Campsite overview


  • Foot


  • Forest


  • Category


  • Bookings

Bookings not required - first come, first served


  • Non-powered/tent sites
  • Toilets - non-flush
  • Water from stream
10 non-powered/tent sites


  • Walking and tramping

Seasonal restrictions

The entrance gate to Catchpool valley is open during summer daylight saving 6 am–8 pm; winter 6 am–6 pm.

Fires are not permitted at any time.

Dog access

Dogs on a leash only

About this campsite

Getting there

South of Wainuiomata follow the Coast Rd for 10 km to the main Remutaka Forest Park entrance. Drive 2.5 km to the top carpark (800 m past the Catchpool carpark).

Short section of gravel road and stream ford. This is a 45 minute drive from Wellington.


Walk along the Five Mile Loop Track for about 15 minutes to find the campsite.


  • Adult (18+ years): $6 per night
  • Child (5 - 17 years): $3 per night
  • Infant (0 - 4 years): free

Pay fees at the Catchpool Valley Campsite entrance or the Wellington Visitor Centre.

DOC/NZMCA campsite passes cannot be used at this campsite.

Know before you go

  • Risk of treefall during high winds. Due to a high number of dead and dying trees in this area, camping is not recommended in windy weather.  Alternative camping is available in the Catchpool Valley.
  • There is no mobile phone reception, but a 24 hr emergency phone is available at the Catchpool Centre. 


Kapiti Wellington Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 4 384 7770
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   18 - 32 Manners Street
Postal Address:   PO Box 10420
The Terrace
Wellington 6143
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