Catchpool Valley
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This pleasant and easy walk begins below the car park area, just beyond the bridge across Catchpool Stream. It leads upstream through a nikau grove and mature podocarp/broadleaf forest to another bridge and the Ōrongorongo Track.
  • Rimutaka Forest Park is home to introduced brown kiwi.
  • See extensive native plant species, podocarp forests and freshwater surrounded by native birds and invertebrates.
  • Your dogs are welcome but they must be on a leash.

Get ready

Download the Catchpool Valley adventure map (PDF, 4,523K) and check out what you can do.

Go and explore

Look out for the Guardian Post when you get there. On it you'll find a special code word - write it down.

Getting there: Catchpool valley is 12 km south of Wainuiomata. Follow the Coast Road for 10 km to the Rimutaka Forest Park entrance, then follow the Catchpool valley road for 2 km to the car park and information area. The entrance gate to Catchpool valley is open summer 6 am–8 pm; winter 6 am–6 pm.

Claim your reward

Tell us the Catchpool Valley code word to receive a Kiwi Guardians certificate and medal for this adventure.

Put the medal on your back pack or pencil case to show everyone the adventure you've had.

Each Kiwi Guardians place has a different medal - see how many you can collect.

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