Last Updated: 29th Oct 2023

Intermediate - Experienced

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Wots Up DOC

St. Arnaud, Tasman

Submitted by Stu Houston

Last Updated: 29th Oct 2023

Intermediate - Experienced

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Grunt Factor: 35 ?

Gnarl Factor: 31 ?

24.1km

1100m

1100m

1322m

  

  

  

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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Loop

Undulating, some big hills

Dog Friendly

Native bush

Open tussock/grasslands

Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup

20%
40%
30%
10%

Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +9.1%

Average Downhill Gradient: -10.2%

Trailhead

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Estimated Times to Run

5:00

Slow

3:30

Moderate

2:00

Fast

This is a fantastic scenic loop that can be done in either direction but is best done clockwise.

Starting in the Red Hills carpark follow the well signposted track to the start of the Wots Up DOC Mountain Bike track. This well built (by the Nelson Mountain Bike club) well graded track climbs and zig zags its way through beech forest up and onto the open tops of Beebys Knob, where there are beautiful views in all directions.

Carry on until you arrive at the Junction with the Maitland Ridge track. Turn right (East) onto the Maitland Ridge track and run along this narrow undulating single track through mountain beech forest interspersed with open clearings keep an ear open for mountain bikes coming behind you. Eventually the open mass of the Red Hills comes into view and you drop down to the sweet little Red Hills Hut - this area is stunning and unique as the ultramafic red rock of the Red Hills means forest doesn't grow on them in stark contrast to the beech forest you've just run through.

From the hut the track follows an old 4x4 road back down to the carpark.

You can add to this run with a side trip visit to Beebys Hut from the Maitland Junction - carry on North along the 4x4 road for 3 km the views along this side trip are well worth the extra effort.

This is a very runnable circuit the beautifully graded trail means there's very few places the track is over 7% in grade but only if you do it Clockwise ! Take plenty of water with you as for 14 kms there is none available.

Stunning views of Nelson Lakes National Park and Raglan Ranges plus the Wairau Valley and the magical Red Hills.

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Nice shady DOC carpark but beware carparks in this area are routinely broken into.

10 km

9 minutes

Yes

No

Moderate.

This is a well marked trail follow orange markers.

Very patchy.

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

Only first 5 km and last 5 km is there any water.

Hot in summer and freezing in winter and very exposed on open tops.

Do this trip in fine weather - you are on tops up high for a long time plus you need to see the views.

Trail Legend

DB

Debbi Bamfield

has completed Wots Up DOC once in the last year.

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Fastest Known Times (FKTs)

Can be run in either direction

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Trail Reviews

This is a great loop, superb on a fine day and would also be good if the weather wasn't perfect as most of the time you're fairly sheltered. Thanks to our mountain biking friends who built both the bottom (Wot's up Doc) and the top (Maitland ridge) trails!

John Scott

May 10, 2022

This is a great route to run and has wonderful views. Red Hills Hut is very cute and a nice place to stop before the final descent.

The climb up is long but mostly runnable. The 8km technical section on Maitland Ridge Track is really fun and there’s an easy 6km descent to finish. Route finding is easy although note that the 4x4 track does not end at the car park. It leads back into the beech forest for another 2km or so of bush tracks to complete the circuit.

Helen Bradford

December 25, 2021

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