IntroductionThe Big Bend Track follows the Ōrongorongo River and connects the Ōrongorongo Track with the Whakanui Track.
Walking and tramping1 hr 30 min one way from Turere Bridge Intermediate: Great Walk/Easier tramping track
The gate to Catchpool valley is open:
- 6 am – 8 pm from 28 September until 7 April
- 6 am – 6 pm from 8 April until 27 September
The Big Bend Track follows the Ōrongorongo River to Whakanui Creek.
Big Bend Track is a connecting track. There are several tracks you can walk to get to the start.
The most popular option is from the Ōrongorongo Track, that begins from the carpark at the end of Catchpool Valley Road. The Big Bend Track starts from the end of Ōrongorongo Track at Turere Bridge near the river.
Alternatively, start from the Wainuiomata end by walking the Whakanui Track at the end of Sunny Grove. The start of Big Bend Track is signposted at the junction with Whakanui Track and the Ōrongorongo River.
Be aware that there are some steep drops immediately beside the track, so supervise children carefully. The track is muddy in places, particularly in winter or after rain – sturdy shoes with good grip are best.