Orongomai Trail

This great loop track will take you through some of the best native forest remaining on the Port Hills.

Start Sign of the Bellbird, Kennedys Bush
Finish Same as the starting point
Distance 3.5 km
Time 1 hour 15 minutes return
Toilets Located at Sign of the Bellbird
Dogs Dogs are prohibited

Start at the Sign of the Bellbird and follow a grassy track that passes in front of the shelter and toilet. Cross the stile at the start of the Orongomai Trail then follow the track as it zigzags down through bush past several track junctions.

Below the Quarry Trail junction, the track becomes rougher and descends to a small stream.  The lower part of the reserve has some of the best accessible forests in the Port Hills.

At a stream confluence, the track starts climbing up beside the second stream, passing by several large totara and matai trees. Continue climbing steadily through predominantly kanuka forest and follow the signs back to the Sign of the Bellbird.

Get ready for this track using Plan My Walk(external link) by the NZ Mountain Safety Council. You can find track alerts, weather forecasts, trip reviews and a packing list, so you are set for your adventure.