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Rewanui Loops, Manawatu - Wanganui

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Rewanui LoopsBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Dianne Bailey

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Manawatu - Wanganui


Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, small hills only

Native bush
Plantation/exotic forest
Open farmlands

Beginner - Intermediate

2:30 (Slow)
1:45 (Moderate)
1:15 (Fast)



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After parking at the carpark enter the farmland through the gates and cross easy open farmland until you reach the junction of the loops. There is a flushing toilet here for your convenience. Tackle the Exotic Loop first - marked with orange triangles. Recent rain and animal movement can make the first part of the loop very slushy. Undulating moderate hills in this area. Great views over the valley at different points.

Return to the junction to tackle the Matai Loop - marked with yellow trangles. This is native bush on narrow single track with undulating hills (some quite steep) before returning to the carpark on open farm track

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Features of interest

Matai Loop The Matai loop is marked in yellow on the map at the carpark. It is quite steep to negotiate and requires a moderate level of agility. As the name indicates there are some very good old Matai trees to be seen on this track. There is a grove of Matais a short distance from the junction with the Totara loop that is easy to visit without tackling the steeper sections of the track. Exotic Loop the Exotic Loop is mostly farm tracks in open grassland and forestry tracks in recently planted trees. Some great views are to be seen from stages along the track

Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 25%

Moderate Single Track: 25%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 50%

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  • Access

    Rewanui Forest Park is 23 kms east of Masterton on the Masterton-Castlepoint Road. Look for the signboard indicating the carpark is 400m further on.

    There is a small carpark at the entrance to Rewanui Forest Park

    23 km

    19 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    just follow the coloured triangles


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

    Take your own drinking water

    Very muddy after rain

    Watch for stinging nettle on the tracks

  • Post run indulgence

    Entice Cafe
    Dixon Street/Bruce Street corner
    Coffee is great and the counter food yummy

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