Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

Beginner - Intermediate

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Looping Lucys

New Plymouth, Taranaki

Submitted by Chris Wheatley

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 16 ?

Gnarl Factor: 86 ?








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Trail Map

Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, some big hills

Native bush

Plantation/exotic forest

Run Makeup


Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +16.5%

Average Downhill Gradient: -18.3%


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Estimated Times to Run







Start at the carpark and head up the Waimoku Track . This takes you through the amazing redwood forest to begin with before turning into native bush. The track climbs steadily with some steep and slippery sections before you gain the upper ridge line with some undulations. You will then be climbing again to a signpost for the Sefton Ridge Track. Turn right here. Take the Sefton Ridge Track back down the hill leading you back to the carpark.

There is a reasonable amount of parking at the road end.

18 km

18 minutes





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

No water available and the water at the toilets at the carpark is not suitable for drinking.

Track can be very muddy and slippery after rain.

If you take the track to the trig there is a small section of rock you scramble up that needs care taken especially if wet.

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Trail Reviews

4.5 km on my watch, 377m ascent. Lovely run in dry conditions!

June Hart

March 30, 2022

Nice run, unless you dislike roots. Slippery in light rain. but nicely runnable in parts. Only 4.1km on my Garmin though, which seems about right looking at the map.

Magnus Hammarsal

July 7, 2021

NIce run, tougher than expected as my Garmin measured a lot more vert than advertised (407m).... but awesome Redwoods (just like home in Rotovegas) and some lovely views up top... shame the mountain was hiding. Plus some stretches of lovely flat out downhill in the second half.

Mike Tennent

August 6, 2020

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