Last Updated: 7th Jan 2024


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Ketetahi Carpark Time Trial

National Park, Manawatu - Wanganui

Submitted by Mike Tennent

Last Updated: 7th Jan 2024


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Grunt Factor: 24

Gnarl Factor: 43








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back


Native bush

Open tussock/grasslands

Open ridges/tops


Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +12.3%

Average Downhill Gradient: -12.3%


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Estimated Times to Run







Very straightforward.... follow the trail for up to two hours upwards, then turn around and head back. Allowing that it will take less time to get down you should be under the 4 hours. On the way back when you are near the bottom there is one very small track off to the left which would be easy to ignore... don't ignore it... it is short and leads to a lovely wee waterfall and is worth the effort.

Lovely waterfall, great views, phenomenal environment... just a great place to be!

Here's the thing... from Labour Weekend through to the end of April there is a 4 hour parking restriction at both ends of the trail. This run is designed to be finished comfortably under that time for even the slowest runners, so you can park in the main carpark where there are toilets and secure parking.

33 km

25 minutes




Very patchy.

Thermal leggings, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Windproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Cellphone, Map, Headtorch and spare batteries.

The water that is available is largely undrinkable.

Snow and ice in winter

Check the volcanic reports, there are always pretty comprehensive reports available for the Crossing.

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Trail Reviews

Really enjoyed this track, the first 2km was a nice gentle uphill to warm up on before hitting the stairs and the beginning of the climbing. I ended up starting at 0530 and doing a 8km out and back, I would suggest leaving early in the morning as the last 3km of the return soo many people on the trail to dodge was crazy.

John Alexander

March 17, 2020

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