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Horopito Schmito, Manawatu - Wanganui

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Horopito SchmitoBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Orla Drylie

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Manawatu - Wanganui


Front country - easily accessible

Point to Point (one way)

Undulating, small hills only

Native bush
Open farmlands
Open ridges/tops

Beginner - Intermediate

3:00 (Slow)
2:15 (Moderate)
1:45 (Fast)



The last 3km of the trail are on my private land/farm tracks. Permission not required, but please keep to the track and leave gates as you find them

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The trail starts 500m below Turoa skifield on the left hand side as you're going up. It is the Round the Mountain Track. Follow the signs for Mangaturuturu Hut. Within 1.5km you will find yourself clambering down the amazing Cascades. Take your time as this is very slippery after rain, and can get icy during the winter months. 3km in, you will be at Mangaturuturu Hut. Left turn to the side of the hut, following the sign for Horopito Road-end. From here, follow the orange triangles for the rest of the route. There is one long, steep climb approx 4km in, but after that it is a gentle descent the whole way back to the road. It is quite boggy underfoot for a major part of this trail. From 13km to 16km, you will be on private land on a working farm, so keep to the gravel track and leave gates how you find them. No landowner permission or permits are required. As this is a one-way trail, transport will be required at either end. The trail comes out at Lahar Farms - approx 1.5km from Horopito Motors/Smashed Palace along Matapuna Road, before the intersection with Kamahi Way. It is not signposted on the road so it is easy to miss, unless you go down the gravel driveway approx 100m to the first DOC sign. No parking in this driveway, so park on Matapuna Road.

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Features of interest

Clambering down Cascades Waterfall. Trail finishes closes to Horopito Motors/Smashed Palace

Make Up of Run

Moderate Single Track: 70%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 30%

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  • Access

    At the top of Ohakune Mountain Road, on the left hand side - Round the Mountain Track

    Parking available at the beginning and end of the trail

    17 km

    21 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Follow the orange triangles. If it doubt... go downhill

    Generally good.

    Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map, Crampons / microspikes (for winter conditions).

    Mangaturuturu Hut has a water tank - boiling before drinking is recommended.
    Streams to top up en-route - drink at your own risk

    This trail should not really be attempted July-September due to icy, winter conditions and potential road closure of Ohakune Mountain Road, or access to skiers only

    Icy descent on Cascades. Boggy underfoot past the hut

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