Coast Rd, Wainuiomata, Wellington
**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!