Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

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Wharite Peak Double

Woodville, Manawatu - Wanganui

Submitted by Johnny Atkins

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

Intermediate - Experienced

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Grunt Factor: 46 ?

Gnarl Factor: 42 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Very hilly

Native bush

Open farmlands

Run Makeup


Gravel Road

Easy Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +12.0%

Average Downhill Gradient: -12.1%


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Estimated Times to Run







Start at the start of Wharite Road. Follow the gravel road for around 6.5km then make a right turn on 'Private Road' (this is public access to the Ruahine Forest Park). Follow this for another 3.5km up to the top. Admire the view, be prepared for it to be windy and cold in winter! Behind the communications tower is the start of the DOC track to Coppermine Creek. Follow this well marked trail until you reach the main river track, turn right and head to the carpark. Turn around and head back to the start! The DOC track is very steep in places, and slippery in winter. Decent trail shoes advised.

This trail includes the peak Wharite Peak.

Large communications tower at the top. Beautiful view back down the Tararua ranges, Kapiti Island, Coast, Mt Ruapehu

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No public transport available. There is space along the Woodlands road and start of Wharite road to park

4 km

4 minutes




Make sure you take the right turn onto 'Private Road', around 6.5km into the run. Turn right where the Wharite peak DOC track meets the Coppermine River track to get to the carpark.


Thermal 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, Cellphone, Map

Coppermine creek/river has drinkable water

Cold at the top in winter, you will need a thermal top at the least. Very muddy and slippery downhill into Coppermine creek after rain

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Trail Reviews

Track been tidied up from wharite down to coppermine making more runnable :)

Hannah Lund

February 2, 2020

Ran earlier in the year. Lost a shoe in a bog, nearly pounced on top of a hunter (track a bit overgrown), dog found a free sandwich at wharite. Great times!

Hannah Lund

July 25, 2019


Nick On

Ran in October. Long gravel hill grind for 10km, then from Wharite peak down to the Coppermine it was overall very overgrown and boggy - not runnable at any pace. Made for a great scenic long run + fast walk though.

Nick On

November 18, 2018

It was tough one, not really very runnable, especially the Wharite peak track which was very muddy and technical. However, the views made up for this and the slower pace meant you go to enjoy them more. Estimated time to complete was pretty accurate for a wet, muddy track in winter. Might be faster if dryer.

Melissa Franklin

September 18, 2017

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