Tunnel Gully Recreation Area covers 48.5 hectares on an elevated basin at the foot of the Rimutakas. A variety of walking tracks weave through the lush tawa/podocarp forest, including the strenuous climb to Mount Climie (830 metres). For walkers, enticingly named Mount Climie is a challenge. Be prepared for stunning views. This is an astounding viewpoint.
Tunnel Gully Recreation Area is 3 km up Plateau Road in Te Marua. There are 2 parking areas with toilets. The track to Mount Climie depart from the upper picnic area.
The track follows the access road as it climbs steadily to the 830-metre summit.
Be prepared for strong winds and a drop in temperature at the summit.
Peeking through gaps in the trees as you climb, are ever-increasingly distant views down the Hutt Valley.
The podocarp/tawa forest is superseded by more hardy red and silver beech on the higher, more exposed slopes above around 450 metres. A sprinkling of rimu and kamahi intersperse the beech. Above 600 metres the red and silver beech forest becomes dominant, being able to tolerate the increased exposure. The coat of mosses, spleenworts and liverworts that smother the branch and trunk surfaces is testimony to the high frequency of fog and cloud in the moisture laden environment. The dripping greenery imparts a fairytale feel to the forest.
North Island ▷ Wellington Region ▷ Hutt Valley
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