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Free guided walking tours

Free guided walking tours

Updated 26 April 2018 3:47pm

Walking Tour dates 

The Wainuiomata Water Collection Area is one of the Wellington region's secret places - a piece of land not usually open to the public. Bookings are closed. New tour dates will be advertised after winter 2018.

Water Walks

Join our informative and entertaining guides to find out how we harvest the crystal clear river water and transport it to our Wellington communities. During the four hour walk (approximately) we cover the Orongorongo pipeline tunnel, historic Morton Dam and stroll through lush native forest.


    Old Forest Walk

    Immerse yourself in one of the most significant lowland podocarp forests in the lower North Island. Visit Rata and rimu up to 1,000 years old and Mainland Island – a special place set aside for native flora and fauna



    What to bring

    Weather conditions can change quickly in the Wainuiomata Water Collection Area. Please bring:

    • Warm clothes including a waterproof jacket, beanie and gloves
    • Sunscreen and sunhat
    • Solid walking shoes
    • Water and a picnic lunch and/or snacks

    How to get there

    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.

    Become a walking tour guide

    Volunteers are important to our work within the Wainuiomata Water Collection Area. They have vast knowledge and understanding of the area and environment to share with the community. We invite skilled guides to apply for the Volunteer Interpreter Programme. Join the team and help protect one of the Wellington region’s finest natural assets.