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Orongorongo Track

Coast Road, Catchpool Valley & Orongrongo Valley | Remutaka Forest Park, North Island 5373 New Zealand

Free
Free to Visit
Closed Now
Opens Fri 6a
  • Independent
  • Pet Friendly
  • Not Wheelchair
    Accessible
  • No Wifi
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“This popular, easy walk passes through different forest types and has swimming holes at the end of the track - it's ideal for families.”

The Orongorongo Track is the most popular in Remutaka Forest Park. It's an easy grade and makes for a pleasant day trip to the Orongorongo Valley and back to the Catchpool car park.

For the first hour and a half the track climbs through the mixed podocarp and broadleaf forest along Catchpool Stream. The damp floor of the Catchpool Valley supports many nikau palms, tree ferns, kamahi and tawa trees.

As you climb up to the drier sides of Cattle Ridge, the forest is more open and consists mainly of hard beech. Look out for a magnificent grove of huge northern rata trees towering above the forest canopy as the track reaches its highest point in the saddle between Catchpool Valley and the Orongorongo River.

There are swimming holes at Turere Stream at the end of the track. You can continue past the stream to the river where there are toilets.

Getting there

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 starts from the main car park next to the small information shelter.

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Orongorongo Track

Coast Road
Catchpool Valley & Orongrongo Valley | Remutaka Forest Park
North Island
5373 New Zealand

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Closed Now
  • Sun - Sat: 6:00 am - 6:00 pm

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  • Wheelchair Accessible
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