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Free guided walking tours

Free guided walking tours

Updated 9 September 2015 4:37pm

Discover one of Wellington's secret places

Join us for a rare chance to explore the lush native forests and crystal clear rivers of the Wainuiomata/Orongorongo water catchment, a beautiful area not usually open to the public.

Water Walks

In this guided walk you'll find out how we harvest the fresh river water and transport it to our communties. Our guides will entertain and inform you about the role the area plays in providing water for Wellington.

During this 4 hour walk (approximately) over moderate terrain you will visit:

  • the Historic Morton Dam

  • Tour Dates:

Sunday 13 December 2015
Sunday 17 April 2016

For further information, email or phone 04 526 4133.


Old Forest Walks

Immerse yourself in our pristine lowland native forest, one of the most significant lowland podocarp forests in the lower North Island and an area rich in bird and plant species.

"The Rangers talked with great passion about their work and went out of their way to share their expertise and welcome us to the area", said a Carterton visitor. "The area is a very special place".

During this walk you will discover:

  • Up to 1000 year old rata and rimu
  • our fascinating native plants and animals
  • our Mainland Island, a special place set aside to foster native flora and fauna
  • our progress in releasing the friendly North Island Robin


Tour Dates:

Sunday 15 November 2015

Sunday 15 May 2016



    Bookings are essential, email or phone 04 526 4133

    The guided walk starts at 9.00am until approximately 1.00pm over moderate terrain. Participants must be moderately fit to participate and be prepared for the bush environment. Please note that there will be creek crossings. 

    What to Bring: Weather conditions can change quickly so please bring a backpack with a waterproof jacket, warm clothes, tramping boots or strong lace-up shoes, water and a picnic lunch and/or snacks. Please bring appropriate footwear for creek crossings. You can also take thermal leggings, a long-sleeved top, warm hat and gloves. Always take sunscreen and a sun hat. Visit to get tips, advice and links to help keep you safe in the great outdoors. 

    Where to Meet: Follow the main road through Wainuiomata and turn left at the roundabout into Moores Valley Road. Take the first turn right into Whitcher Grove and follow this to the Recreation Area carpark. 

    All groups are guided by Greater Wellington Regional Council Park Rangers and approved Interpreters, and must adhere to a number of special conditions as stated by the Council approved Access Plan 2000. Walking tours are limited to 30 people per tour.

    GWRC greatly appreciates the assistance of Volunteer Interpreters on these guided walking tours, in passing on their knowledge and appreciation of the environment to other members of the community. We invite suitably skilled people to apply to join our Volunteer Interpreter Programme and help protect one of the region's finest natural assets.