View of Grace's Stream from the
Five Mile Track
This is the lower section of the former ‘Five Mile Track’, notorious as the ‘canal of mud’ that, from 1914 until 1981, formed the main track between the Wainuiomata and Orongorongo valleys. Today, it is an easy dry track, passing through superb groves of mature hard beech in the lower reaches of Graces Stream.
The track climbs through an old burn (now covered in second growth forest with profuse rimu regeneration) to Clay Forks at the junction with Clay Ridge Track. As the track descends into the Catchpool Valley, there are good views of the distant Rimutaka Range and the forest canopy of the valley.
Take the Coast Road to Catchpool Valley, 12 km south of Wainuiomata in the Hutt Valley.The track starts from the car park at the top of the Catchpool Valley. Cross the footbridge to the left of the car park. The track is well signposted.
Know before you go
Before you go into the outdoors, tell someone your plans and leave a date to raise the alarm if you haven't returned. To do this, use the New Zealand Outdoors Intentions process on the AdventureSmart website. It is endorsed by New Zealand's search and rescue agencies and provides three simple options to tell someone you trust the details about your trip.