Great Walk/Easier tramping track
The Big Bend Track follows along the true right of the Orongorongo River and links with the Orongorongo and Whakanui Tracks.
Take the Coast Road to Catchpool Valley, 12 km south of Wainuiomata in the Hutt Valley to access Big Bend Track from the Orongorongo Track. Or you can access the track from the Whakanui Track which begins at Hine Road in Wainuiomata.
Catchpool Valley is the most popular entrance to Rimutaka Forest Park. It includes Orongorongo Valley and its booked huts.
In the Rimutaka Forest Park you can enjoy some of Wellington's finest mountain biking, not to mention the native birdlife and walking tracks.
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