Wainuiomata Catchment Walking Tour



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The lush native forests and clear rivers of the Wainuiomata and Orongorongo catchment areas were recognised early on for their water supply potential.  In 1880 an earth dam was constructed and a pipeline laid to Wellington. Since this time further developments have taken place. These include the construction of the Morton Dam in 1912, and construction of a weir and pipeline from the Orongorongo Catchment in 1926. 

By the late 1980s the system had reached the end of its useful working life. Morton Dam was decommissioned and emptied of its water. In 1993 a new state-of-the-art treatment plant was built. Water is now taken directly from weirs in both the Wainuiomata and Orongorongo catchments. The new plant produces up to 60 million litres of high quality water per day and supplies about 15 percent of the water used by greater Wellington.

When: Sunday, 8th December 2013, starting at 9:00am (event finished 8 months ago)
Duration: 5.5 Hours Approximately
Where: 10 Whitcher Grove, Wainuiomata, Lower Hutt
Price/Cost: Free - But Bookings Essential
Bring: Backpack, rain jacket, extra warm clothing, sun hat, sun block, something waterproof to sit on at the lunch stop and any personal medication. Wear tramping boots for small stream crossings. Carry enough personal food and drink for the day's walk.
Contact: Karen Broughan
Phone: 04 830 4406
Email: zn.tvog.wg@nahguorb.nerak
Getting there:

Follow the main road through Wainuiomata and turn left at the roundabout into Moores Valley Road.  Take the first turn into Whitcher Grove and follow this to the Recreation Area on Reservoir Road.  We will provide you with safe parking onsite.  The ranger will show you where to park on your arrival

Free Event Free Event
There is no cost associated with this event
Bookings Essential Bookings Essential
Advance bookings are essential for this event
Wet Foot Crossing Wet Foot Crossing
Waterways may need to be crossed on foot during this event
Moderate Ftness Moderate Ftness
Participants should be of moderate level of fitness to participate in this event