Last Updated: 1st Jan 2024


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Tutaenui Reservoir

Marton, Manawatu - Wanganui

Submitted by Mike Tennent

Last Updated: 1st Jan 2024


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Grunt Factor: 9

Gnarl Factor: 24







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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, small hills only

Native bush

Plantation/exotic forest


Open farmlands

Run Makeup


Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +5.7%

Average Downhill Gradient: -5.7%


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Enter through the gate and take the trail to the left through the Archway. Follow the main well-formed trail for 1.5km and about that distance keep an eye out for a 4WD track off to the left.

Head up this trail as it climbs, eventually after about 400m you will come in sight of a gate with a road beyond. As it comes into sight, look right and you will see a MTB trail. Hop onto that and follow it as it winds its way back down the hill and then along above the main trail until around the 3.5km mark where the trails merge briefly.

Where they merge head right back onto the walking trail and head through a delightful patch of bush and the over a bridge and over the causeway between the two reservoirs. At the other side follow the main trail to the right all the way to the next causeway at the top of the dam. Head to the end of the causeway and then back, from there you can see down to the end of the trail.

Head down the hill to your car.

Birdlife, look out for the Grey Warblers (Riroriro) and Fantails (Pīwakawaka) as well as finches, cormorants, black swans and duck.

Parking for 8 - 10 cars.

9 km

15 minutes




At the top of the 4WD turn right as you look at the road ahead - the MTB trail goes both ways, so take care here.


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

There is lots of water around.

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Jody Paddy

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