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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.

This is Kiwi land

Orongorongo Valley2

The Remutaka 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.

Postcard views and a wild coast

Wainui 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 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.

Something to write home about

Wainuiomata Rec Area

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.

Let’s get energetic!

Wainuiomata Summer Pool

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


Climb and swing

Wainuiomata Challenge Ropes Course

Leave your fears at the gate and experience the highs of the Challenge Ropes Course. Master 'the centipede' or tackle 'the pamper pole' while having a blast. 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!

Go fast or go easy


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.

Stop for a break

Kotuku Cafe food

Stop in at Homedale Village if you're feeling peckish! For a coffee and a great summer salad, head to Kotuku Cafe. Sit on the deck upstairs and just watch the world go by, surrounded by bush clad hills, before wandering over to Kereru Creative for locally made arts and gifts.

Stay a while

Angies Rural Retreat

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


Enjoy the culture and diversity

Wainuiomata Marae

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 Pioneer 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.

What you are getting up to in Wainuiomata