Wainuiomata and coast

Get back to nature in Wainuiomata with forest walks, overnight tramping trips, thrilling hilltop quad bike rides, rock climbing and a stunning wild coast. Spend the day adventuring in nature then relax into a rural escape at a nearby bed and breakfast.

kiwi coming out of its burrow

This is Kiwi land

The Rimutaka Forest Park is Wellington's most popular spot for camping. The park’s Catchpool Valley campground has toilets, showers and gas barbecues. Or take a longer planned tramp and stay in one of 6 huts in Orongorongo Valley, an easy two hour walk into the bush.

It’s said that at night you can hear Kiwi in the Rimutaka Forest Park. Volunteers with the Rimutaka Forest Park Trust have trapped stoats and rats there for over 15 years, and over 100 North Island brown kiwi live in the park now.

 

Wainuiomata coast on a sunny day

Postcard views and a wild coast

Drive to the end of Coast Road and you’ll be rewarded with a stark and rugged environment, which is home to the region's largest New Zealand fur seal colony. The Rimutaka Cycle Trail starts here and trails over to Wairarapa. Or get into bouldering at Baring Head, the birthplace of the sport in New Zealand.

The views from Wainuiomata's southern coast over to the South Island are guaranteed to impress. Take them in from sea level or get a better view riding a quad bike or from the saddle of a horse.

 

view over lower dam

Something to write home about

Thirsty? Wellington’s water supply comes from the lush, untouched forest above historic dams in the Wainuiomata Recreation Area where signage tells the story. Find more history at the Wainuiomata Historic Museum, which brings days gone by to life in a former school room.

 

boy jumping into pool in sun

Let’s get energetic!

Wainuiomata’s Summer Pool (open November-March) has an 80m open-air waterslide through native bush. Play mini golf here or play the real deal at picturesque Wainuiomata Golf Course.

Mountain bikers know that the Wainuiomata Trail Project is the place to ride for beginners or downhill thrill seekers. Get muddy and raise your heart rate on the Freewheel, 491, Beeline and Snail Trail tracks.

Take the kids to play at either the Parkway Playground, or Hugh Sinclair Park. It will be a challenge for you to resist the temptation to join in!

 

Selection of cakes and bread from Wainui Cake Kitchen

Have a bite to eat

If you're peckish, Wainuiomata is the place to go! For a coffee and the best wedges around, head to Bizzy Lizzy Cafe. You can sit on the deck upstairs on a nice day and just watch the world go by surrounded by bush clad hills.

For a delicious cake or slice head over to Oaks Cafe. It's across the road from Hugh Sinclair Park, so head over with the kids afterwards.

New to Wainuiomata is Bing and Go. It's a cafe in a container! They serve asian style crepes filled with all sorts of goodness (there's even a nutella filled crepe).

For a family friendly atmosphere and great meals try the Fitzroy Tavern for dinner. Hayden and Ruth have turned this place into a thriving local hotspot with quality meals and a great selection of drinks.

If you're after bakery food to grab and go, or take out for a picnic in one of the parks, you can't go past the Wainui Cake Kitchen. The best pies, sandwiches, cakes and slices around.

 

relaxing outside a tent

Stay a while

There’s no city noise at Wainuiomata’s rural accommodation. Angie’s Rural Retreat sleeps six, Riverstone Cottage at Orongorongo Station is completely remote.

Parklands Motel is close to the centre of Wainuiomata, and is set amongst tranquil bush and right next to the Wainuiomata River.

Brookfield Outdoor Education Centre has fantastic facilities and accommodation for groups. You can also talk to them about heading out for a day to try their high ropes course or some of the other activities they have on offer.

Peace and quiet is the order of the day at Camp Wainui. Here you will find great group accommodation as well as tent and caravan sites.

 

carving on the top of the wharenui on wainuiomata marae

Enjoy the culture and diversity

The Wainuiomata Marae is a hub of culture in the valley. Known for the intricately carved Wharenui (meeting house) and warm hospitality, you're sure to receive a warm welcome from the Tangata Whenua (local people) and a lesson in the history of the area.

The Coast Road Church is one of the oldest churches in Wellington. The first service was held here on February 6 1866 and it's the perfect venue for a gathering or just a stroll around the graveyard.

Need a quiet reprise from all the activity, or some advice about the facilities in the area? Head to the Wainuiomata Library. The friendly smiling staff will be sure to help.