The gate to Catchpool valley is open during summer daylight savings 6 am – 8 pm. In winter 6 am – 6 pm.
Walk through forest and discover information signs describing the plant life.
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.
The track begins in the clearing beside Graces Stream footbridge on the downhill side of the car park. It can also be started further down the valley on the opposite side of the road to the toilets.
The Māori name is a shortened version of Nga Taonga o te Ngahere. This translates to “The Treasures of the Forest”. This name refers to the use of the walk for identifying plants of traditional cultural use to Maori people.