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Mt Matthews (with overnight stay in a hut)

  • Rimutaka Forest Park (Catchpool Stream car park)

    Coast Rd, Wainuiomata, Wellington (map)

    -41.348984 174.929470

  • **Tims update - I've managed to book the 10 bunk Haurangi Hut (serviced, pots etc etc) for the last Saturday night before end of daylight saving, so this is all go!**

    An amazing tramp! We’ve done this last year but unfortunately ended up in fog and without views from the top. I am keen to do this one again though!

    Need enough people to book a hut – otherwise camp down in the Ororonga valley! Could combine with people who just want to walk up to the hut to stay there over night and explore the Ororonga valley on shorter walks to share ride and accommodation

    Time: 3 hr day one, 8 hr+ day to to walk out
    Distance: 24 km
    Difficulty: 3 hour steep climb up Mt Matthews, otherwise easy walk to hut and out.

    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.

    The tramp begins by following the Orongorongo Track which starts at the top parking area in the Catchpool Valley, Rimutaka Forest Park. Follow the gentle gradient of this track for about 5 km before descending to an arched bridge over the Turere Stream to the Orongorongo River.

    Walk up the river bed for an hour (about 4 km) until you reach Matthews Stream. A poled route criss-crosses the stream for about 600 metres leading to the start of the Mt Matthews Track on the true left. The track climbs steeply, passing the South Saddle/Mukamuka Track and emerging onto a grassy plateau.

    You then have to negotiate a narrow section of ridge and ascend a steep face to reach the peak.

    Stunning views from the top!

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  • Rich T.

    Hi Guys,

    Do we know what the weather is going to be like?
    Also any suggestions on what to bring, i havn't done this track beforeand i dont really want to over pack.
    Cheers =)

    March 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Rich. Too far out to predict weather yet - will have a better idea in a week or so. It's an easy walk/tramp to the hut itself, 2 hours on well defined and level tracks. The hike up Mt Matthews, starting from close to the hut, is 3 hours uphill at a steep gradient, 2 hours back down again. We're going to stay in the hut on the Saturday evening and then go up the mountain on Sunday morning. Then out to the Catchpool car park on Sunday afternoon. You can do this whole trip in a long day, but overnighting in the hut makes it easier. The hut is fully serviced, mattresses, cooker, water tank etc

      March 20, 2013

  • Michael B.

    Have a possible emergency so somebody else can go cause I cant say yet ....

    March 18, 2013

  • Rich T.

    Is it all full up now? Sounds awesome

    March 18, 2013

  • Jess

    Sorry, unable to make this now.

    March 17, 2013

  • Matt K.

    Just realised I have a wedding this weekend... glad there's a waitlist. Enjoy!

    March 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    grr...was on the waiting list before this was even announced but didn't get the spot in time :(

    February 7, 2013

  • Debbie

    Aww man! I realled wanted to go but have to drop out now. I'll be doing the Oxfam walk that weekend. Maybe another time! =)

    February 7, 2013


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