Last Updated: 29th Sep 2023

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Muhunoa Loop Lung Buster

Levin, Manawatu - Wanganui

Submitted by Katrina Gurnick

Last Updated: 29th Sep 2023

Beginner - Intermediate

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Closed until mid 2024 due to forestry operations.

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Grunt Factor: 21 ?

Gnarl Factor: 9 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, some big hills

Dog Friendly

Native bush

Plantation/exotic forest

Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup


Gravel Road

Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +8.3%

Average Downhill Gradient: -9.3%


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Go right at top of hill, you come to a spot with 4 tracks forking off - take the one on the left with the warning signs. If you take the single track to your right it will lead you up to trig.

Follow the forestry track until you see the single track on your right and head down this. Note: there are some open areas but the track is easily identified. You come out onto a open hill and get a magnificent view of the Tararuas before joining back onto forestry trail. Keep left as you drop down this forestry track, it becomes quiet a steep down hill so take care here.

This will bring you out to the road. Swing left and follow the road, which becomes gravel in less than a km. After 2.2kms you find a forestry road with a gate on your left, go through this and follow the track back up. You will come to a junction with the option to go straight or to the right - both lead to the main track, but the right is slightly longer and a bit steeper. Follow the trail all the way back to the T-junction and head back down the hill to the car park.

Good views of the Tararuas and Levin. Lots of bird life.

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Plenty of parking at the start of trail

4 km

6 minutes




Go right at the top of the hill. Take the track to the far left at the fork then hang right onto single track. Stay left heading down forestry road onto Gladstone


Long-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map


A little muddy in winter. Gets cold when snow is on the ranges

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Trail Reviews

This has become one of my favourite runs. I have discovered a nice variation. There is a single track that turns off at the beginning of the forest and comes out at the top of the jeep track up near the trig. I have run up and down. It's especially nice coming down as it doesn't hammer your legs as much as the jeep track. It adds 1km to the route one way.

Sandy Weltan

May 30, 2021

I’m still the only person who likes this course! The key is to do it on the opposite direction then you get lovely sweeping downhills, including the road section.

Richele McKenzie

October 21, 2020

I ran this clockwise (opposite to described) and found it a lot faster than I had anticipated, with lots of lovely sweeping downhill. The main part of this the track (up to the trig) is a busy and friendly trail but I didn't see anyone else for the rest of the run. Great views out to the sea and to the Tararuas.

Richele McKenzie

August 19, 2019

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