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 Orongorongo River to Whakanui Creek. It starts at Turere Bridge and connects the Ōrongorongo Track from the Catchpool car park with the Whakanui Track from Hine Road/Sunny Grove in Wainuiomata.
Catchpool valley is 12 km south of Wainuiomata. Follow the Coast Road for 10 km to the Remutaka Forest Park entrance, then follow the Catchpool valley road for 2 km to the car park and information area.
If the water is flowing over the ford on the road, park before the ford and use the Nga Taonga Nature Walk to reach the car park.
From the carpark follow the Ōrongorongo Track to Big Bend Track.
Auckland and parts of the Waikato are at Level 3. DOC huts and campsites are closed in these regions. The rest of New Zealand is at Level 2.