Wild Things - New Zealand's trail running community
New Zealand's trail running community


don't have an account?

Rangiwahia Hut - Deadmans Track, Manawatu - Wanganui

Trail Directory proudly supported by Further Faster

Update Your Header Picture

Rangiwahia Hut - Deadmans TrackExperienced

Submitted by Tim Carpenter

Info Info
Map Loading

Trail Information





Manawatu - Wanganui


Back country - remote



Native bush
Open ridges/tops


4:00 (Slow)
2:45 (Moderate)
2:00 (Fast)



Download PDF Guide

Fastest Known Times (FKTs)

Please set your gender to see your position on the FKT leaderboards.



Show more

Filter FKTs

The more , the harder the FKT will be to beat. Learn about Fastest Known Times.

Missing your time?

Register or login as a VIP and get yourself on the FKT leaderboard!

Register Now


Follow the DOC signs for Rangiwahia hut. This is an easy part of the trail to follow, continuing upwards with good view points and a couple of swing bridges to cross. Comes out at Rangiwahia Hut, this part can be run in 45minutes.
Continue past Rangiwahia Hut - this is now in the open tops and navigation can be more challenging, especially in poor visibility, and there are numerous paths that can be chosen, follow the best route and orange triangles.
Turn R) up to Mangahuia (not left to Triangle Hut) and from highest point turn R) onto Deadman's Track.
First part of the downhill is very technical and steep with a drop on one side, care required.
Eventually this opens out into moderate trail and then easier trail, and once off the tops, easy enough to follow trail and markers down the hill.

Trail Community

Find people who are interested in this run.

You must register or login to view this content.

Features of interest

Short relatively quick access to "The Tops" of the Ruahine ranges with great views.
Pass Rangiwahia Hut on the way up to Managhuia 1583metres.

Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 50%

Moderate Single Track: 50%

Route Data


You must register or login to view this content.


You must register or login to view this content.

Your Trail Wishlist

All the runs that are on your To Do list (no limit).

Add to wishlist view wishlist

Your Trail Dreamlist

The runs you most want to do (limited to 10).

Add to dreamlist view dreamlist

Wild Explorers

I did it!
  • Access

    From Feilding head to Kimbolton and then onto Rangiwahia.
    Continue onto Te Para Para Road, and turn left onto Renfrew Road (DOC sign posts), this road is gravel.
    Continue to end of the road, there will be 1 x gate to open and close as you pass through Farm Land, there are DOC signs present.

    Remote location, so lock car, plenty of parking.

    62 km

    56 minutes



  • Staying Safe

    Very hard.

    Very patchy.

    Thermal leggings, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Cellphone, Map.

    Available at Rangiwahia Hut

    Very exposed to elements, can change quickly in Alpine conditions, can snow in the winter, wind can be very cold

    Weather, mud, terrain, finding the track.

  • Sponsor this trail

    If you are interested in learning about sponsorship opportunities, please get in touch below:


Got a favourite trail? Tell us about it.

Share the love and add your favourite trail(s) to our growing trail directory.

Submit A Trail

Become a member today

Start enjoying the many benefits to becoming a member of our thriving community.

Become a member

Great brands at great prices with our VIP member's discount

Stay up to date

Sign up to our newsletter for latest offers and trail guides

Share this trail with a friend:

VIP Membership

Please register as a VIP or login to your VIP account to view this content.

Cancel Login Register

Membership Required

You can see up to three trail guides without being logged in but after that we require you to be logged in to your Free or VIP account. If you don’t yet have an account you can register here.

Login Register