Wild Things - New Zealand's trail running community
New Zealand's trail running community


don't have an account?

Coppermine Loop & Mine, Manawatu - Wanganui

Trail Directory proudly supported by Further Faster

Update Your Header Picture

Coppermine Loop & MineIntermediate

Submitted by Mike Tennent

Info Info
Map Loading

Trail Information





Manawatu - Wanganui


Front country - easily accessible


Very hilly

Native bush
Plantation/exotic forest
Open farmlands
Open tussock/grasslands


Not Suitable (Slow)
2:00 (Moderate)
1:10 (Fast)



Download PDF Guide

Fastest Known Times (FKTs)

Please set your gender to see your position on the FKT leaderboards.



Show more

Filter FKTs

The more , the harder the FKT will be to beat. Learn about Fastest Known Times.

Missing your time?

Register or login as a VIP and get yourself on the FKT leaderboard!

Register Now


Starting at the carpark, the first thing you will see is a sign just over the fence for the farm route...DON'T GO THAT WAY! Look to the left and you will see a signboard with some info on it... head to the left of that and follow the trail.

The slope is really nice, having been designed way back for mining gear to go up and down. About 2km in you will come to the first intersection, a trail veers off to the right and down (skip that but take note, we will go down there later), and 20 metres further on the main trail to Wharite Peak trail goes to the left... save that for another day and carry on towards the Mine.

You will come to a sign warning you not to go further if the stream is up - TAKE NOTE OF THIS - there is lots of stream work after this, crossings and traversing your way upstream for quite a way. At times you will lose sight of an orange triangle, but don't despair, keep heading upstream and you will find one. Eventually you get to the signs for the old mine that served as an ammunition magazine in WW2. This requires another wee crossing of the stream but your feet are probably a bit damp by now anyway.

The mine looks to be still accessible, but you'll need a headlamp. After that, back over the stream and follow the sign up the hill to the Mine (about 450m). Once there you will find a sign telling you about the mines that have been filled in. Now retrace your steps all the way back to the turn-off previously mentioned at the 2km point. Turn left here and head down and over the stream (again) and then get ready to climb - 385 vertical in about 2.4km - often using root ladders to climb, a great test and a lot of fun (wouldn't want to try it on a muddy winter day tho). Several times you will think you have made the top, only to be disabused of that around the next corner.

Eventually though you will get there and the downhill is almost all runnable, a nice slope and you will cruise down (with an occasional little up) until you hit the fence for the farmland. The initial indication is to carry on down the bush side of the fence - DON'T - it soon becomes overgrown and unpassable. So climb over the fence into the farmland and follow the fenceline down. Eventually you will see a DOC sign and from there down you follow the white poles down a farm track. Just take care... towards the end the carpark will come into sight below you, after that and just before a little streamlet across the track there is a sharp right turn off the track you are on, that you can easily miss. Once you see it you will see the white poles down the hill. One more stream crossing and you are back at the car!

Trail Community

Find people who are interested in this run.

You must register or login to view this content.

Features of interest

A bit of everything, stream crossings, disused mines, massive climbs and great views

Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 5%

Technical Single Track: 55%

Moderate Single Track: 20%

Easy Single Track: 20%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 0%

Gravel Road: 0%

Sealed Road: 0%

Route Data


You must register or login to view this content.


You must register or login to view this content.

Your Trail Wishlist

All the runs that are on your To Do list (no limit).

Add to wishlist view wishlist

Your Trail Dreamlist

The runs you most want to do (limited to 10).

Add to dreamlist view dreamlist

Wild Explorers

I did it!
  • Access

    At the very northern end of Coppermine Road

    A bit of parking, not likely to be crowded

    14 km

    16 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Just stick to the stream when you get to that part, heading up until you will pretty clearly see where to leave.

    Very patchy.

    Waterproof leggings, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof 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.

    Plenty of water around the course

    I would imagine that this is best as a summer course unless you are a masochist! If that uphill got muddy it would be hell and the downhills would be a bit dodgy too!

    There are a few historic slips that you need to take care crossing, the route is very clear, just be careful.

  • Sponsor this trail

    If you are interested in learning about sponsorship opportunities, please get in touch below:


See other runs nearby:

Wharite Peak Double

Show all

Got a favourite trail? Tell us about it.

Share the love and add your favourite trail(s) to our growing trail directory.

Submit A Trail

Become a member today

Start enjoying the many benefits to becoming a member of our thriving community.

Become a member

Great brands at great prices with our VIP member's discount

Stay up to date

Sign up to our newsletter for latest offers and trail guides

Share this trail with a friend:

VIP Membership

Please register as a VIP or login to your VIP account to view this content.

Cancel Login Register

Membership Required

You can see up to three trail guides without being logged in but after that we require you to be logged in to your Free or VIP account. If you don’t yet have an account you can register here.

Login Register