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Introduction

Five Mile Loop 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.

Track overview

Loop

Walking and tramping

1 hr 30 min Easy: Walking track

Seasonal restrictions

Entrance gates to Catchpool Valley are open summer 6am-8pm; winter 6am-6pm

Dog access

Dogs on a leash only

About this track

Description

View of Grace's Stream from the Five Mile Track. Photo Jeremy Rolfe.
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.

Getting there

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.

Contacts

Pōneke / Wellington Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 4 384 7770
Address:   18 Manners Street
Wellington
Email:   wellingtonvc@doc.govt.nz
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