Last Updated: 9th Mar 2024

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Sledge Track with Toetoe Loop & Otangane Loop

Palmerston North, Manawatu - Wanganui

Submitted by Tim Carpenter

Last Updated: 9th Mar 2024

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Grunt Factor: 38 ?

Gnarl Factor: 56 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Very hilly

Dog Friendly

Native bush

Open tussock/grasslands

Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +11.6%

Average Downhill Gradient: -11.2%


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Start from carpark and head along the Sledge Track (do not cross the first bridge) up left side of the river.
Track undulates for around 2.5km along easy track to The Elevation.
Turn left up The Elevation with a steep climb (very slippery when wet) for a 350m elevation gain.
Turn left at the top (posted mines) to complete Toetoe loop. Track can be wet and slippery, is well signposted with orange triangles.
Track starts to turn back from the Platinum mines to complete loop.
300 metres prior to completing loop there is an OPTIONAL loop to head down to Otangane loop. Either turn left here or continue to finish Toetoe loop and head down and home.
If completing Otangane loop you head down for approx 1km before hitting the loop proper, marked by orange triangles. I recommend completing loop in clockwise direction.
Once the loop is completed you have the 1km back up to Toetoe loop and then down The Elevation and out.

You will run past the old Platinum mines, and there is a great lookout from 'The Nipple' on the Otangane Loop

Carpark is remote, but there is a lot of use by recreational users.

18 km

28 minutes




Route is well marked with orange triangles, take your time to ensure heading the right way when completing for the first time.

Very patchy.

Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Map


Muddy and slippery during the rainy season.
Can be cold and exposed on the tops.

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Trail Reviews

Good slog of a trail. Plenty of stairs up and down on the sledge track. Toe Toe loop is fairly well maintained as is most of the otangane, apart from one clearing where there was no apparent continuing trail, lucky I had the course loaded on my Garmin so I could see the trail went “that way” but i had to climb over a rocky knob and down thru some bush to find the trail again. (The trail went left around the rocky knob)
Quite boggy in many places and very rooty in sections. Keep your eyes on the ground and the orange triangles because the leaf litter and lack of use on the loops makes the track hard to see.

Richard Sinclair

November 27, 2021

Ran the Sledge Track and Otangane Loop, coming in at 16Km in 2:32. Not hill fit and I think someone that has a few hill Km's under their belt could get down a lot. Nice trail and is really pleasant once you get towards the ridge at the top of the Loop, great views both East and West with a clear track along it. The bush part of Otangane Loop was a bit boggy but not detrimental to the run. Overall a really good day out and would recommend it if you are in the area.

Glen Nelson

October 17, 2021

Great visit today. Track was cut well. Big issue at the moment is the mud on the track once you get to the summit and just before the Tawa loop. Definitely recommended good level trail shoes for the next few weeks.

Andrew Lucas

June 13, 2021

The elevation was less hardcore than my boyfriend and I were expecting from the description. Toe toe loop was cool, a bit overgrown so got a bit cut up. But the mines were fun to explore, found some cave weta! Otangane loop was much better, it must have been cut down recently. Overall a good outing!

Holly Barclay

March 15, 2021

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