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A peaceful and sheltered valley east of Wainuiomata, the Wainuiomata Recreation Area is an inviting spot for family outings and picnics. Swim in the Wainuiomata River or take an easy walk over the swingbridge and along the valley floor.

High up the lush native forests, the clear water of the Wainuiomata and Orongorongo Rivers are a source of drinking water. In the 1880s an earth dam and pipeline first harnessed this resource for the people of Wellington. Remnants of the old logging tramway remain, as do two old camp sites from the earlier dam construction days. 

There are a number of easy to moderate walking tracks through the regenerated bush that covers the valley.

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