Swing bridge on Big Bend Track
Image: Laura Honey | DOC



The Big Bend Track follows the Ōrongorongo River and connects the Ōrongorongo Track with the Whakanui Track.

Walking and tramping

1 hr 30 min one way from Turere Bridge Intermediate: Great Walk/Easier tramping track

Seasonal restrictions

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

Dog access

Stay safe in the outdoors

  1. Choose the right trip for you. Learn about the route and make sure you have the skills for it.
  2. Understand the weather. Check weather forecasts
  3. Pack warm clothes and extra food. Check gear lists
  4. Share your plans and take ways to get help. Share directly or use the Outdoor Intentions form or Plan My Walk. Take a distress beacon. 
  5. Take care of yourself and each other.


Wellington/Kapiti information
Phone:   +64 3 546 9339
Email:   nelsonvc@doc.govt.nz
About:   Whakatū/Nelson Visitor Centre provides visitor information for this area
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