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WELLINGTON REGION WALKING AND TRAMPING TRACKS

Big Bend Track
The Big Bend Track follows the true right of the Orongorongo River in the Rimutaka Forest Park.
Category:  Tramping track
Completion Time:  1 hr 30 min one way

Butcher Track
Butcher Track begins about 10 minutes along the Orongorongo Track. A stiff climb brings magnificent views of Wellington Harbour.
Category:  Tramping track
Completion Time:  2 hr round trip


Catchpool Loop Track
This walk crosses a footbridge over the Catchpool Stream, from a signposted point 15 minutes along the Orongorongo Track.
Category:  Walking track
Completion Time:  45 min round trip

Cattle Ridge Track
This track begins at the top of the Butcher Track in Rimutaka Forest Park and heads north along Cattle Ridge to join the Orongorongo Track near Turere Stream.
Category:  Tramping track
Completion Time:  1 hr 30 min one way

Clay Ridge Track
This tramping track links with other tracks in the Rimutaka Forest Park to take you up to Mt Mckerrow.
Category:  Tramping track
Completion Time:  2 hr one way

Five Mile Loop Track
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.
Category:  Walking track
Completion Time:  1 hr 40 min round trip

Makara Walkway
Makara Walkway is a 6 km loop, climbing to vantage points with spectacular views, and returning along the beach. Makara Beach is 16 km north of Wellington.
Category:  Tramping track
Distance:  6 km loop

Matiu/Somes Island gun emplacements track
This track takes you to the top of Matiu/Somes Island in Wellington Harbour, where you can see gun emplacements built during World War II, and enjoy 360 degree views.
Category:  Walking track
Completion Time:  30 min return

Matiu/Somes Island Loop Track
A loop track around Matiu/Somes Island offers 360 degree views of Wellington harbour and the surrounding landscape.
Category:  Walking track
Completion Time:  40 min loop track

Middle Ridge Track
This walking track from the Catchpool carpark at the entrance to the Rimutaka Forest Park links up with two other popular tracks.
Category:  Walking track
Completion Time:  2 hr one way

Mt Matthews
Mt Matthews is the tallest peak in the Rimutaka range and the nearest to Wellington. The climb to the summit will take you 949 m above sea level.
Category:  Tramping track
Completion Time:  1 day

Mt McKerrow
At the top of Mt McKerrow in Rimutaka Forest Park trees block the views but on the way up you get panoramic peeks of Wainuiomata and the Hutt Valley.
Category:  Tramping track
Completion Time:  6 hr

Nature Trail
Catchpool Valley's Nature Trail is an alternative to the road from the Nga Taonga Trail.
Category:  Walking track
Completion Time:  20 min one way

Nga Taonga Trail
Nga Taonga Trail begins in the clearing beside the Graces Stream footbridge. Along the trail you'll find information signs describing the forest plant life in the Catchpool Valley.
Category:  Walking track
Completion Time:  30 min round trip

Orongorongo Track
One of the most popular walks in New Zealand, this well developed track passes through different types of bush, leading to the Orongorongo Valley.
Category:  Walking track
Distance:  5.2 km one way
Completion Time:  4 hr return

Papatahi Crossing
The Papatahi Crossing climbs from the Orongorongo River and up over Papatahi to the Wairarapa side of the Rimutaka Forest Park.
Category:  Tramping track
Completion Time:  10 hr or 2 days

Tawa Grove Walk
Tawa Grove in Catchpool Valley is a bush trail specially designed for disabled or elderly people. The walk begins from near the field centre.
Category:  Easy access walk
Completion Time:  30 min round trip

Whakanui Track
This four hour tramping track takes you from Wainuiomata through to the Orongorongo River in the Rimutaka Forest Park.
Category:  Tramping track
Completion Time:  4 hrs one way

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