Description: Rimutaka Forest Park is a magnificent area of mostly native forest in the hills east of New Zealand's capital city, Wellington.
It encompasses the Rimutaka Ranges and the Orongorongo River, just north of the spectacular earthquake terraces and seal colony at the Turakirae Head Scientific Reserve.
The Park is characterised by steep, bush-clad hills and narrow fern-filled valleys cut by abundant freshwater streams and the beautiful Orongorongo River.
Route: Start at the Catchpool car park -> Follow Orongorongo track to Butcher Track -> Climb to ridge line via Butcher Track -> Follow Cattle Ridge Track to the Orongorongo River and finally the Orongorongo Track back to the car park.
Difficulty: Medium/Hard - Hard climb up the Butcher track and the descent is technical in parts.
Duration: 4-5 hours.
Bring: Sturdy, suitable footwear - preferably hiking boots. Wind and waterproof jacket and layers of clothing. High energy snacks, lunch and water.
Meet: Catchpool car park at Rimutaka Forest.