The gate to Catchpool valley is open during summer daylight savings 6 am – 8 pm. In winter 6 am – 6 pm.
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.