Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

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Takaka Hill Walkway

Motueka, Tasman

Submitted by Mike Tennent

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 11 ?

Gnarl Factor: 48 ?








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Trail Map

Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, some big hills

Native bush

Open tussock/grasslands

Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup


Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +8.2%

Average Downhill Gradient: -10.4%


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From the carpark head up the 4WD track to the top of the hill. Once there you will see a trail sign heading straight ahead. From here you follow the marker poles through some cool and rugged technical trail which eventually spits you out back onto the 4WD track.

Head up that to the top of the hill, you will see a sign pointing right for the track... ignore that for now... carry straight on to the top of the hill, take in the views, even on a bad day you will get some. Then head back to the sign and follow the sign onto some magic trail, native bush, rocks, grassy bits, tomos... a bit of everything. The trail from here is pretty clear - a combination of the marker poles you have seen up to now and the famous orange triangles. Eventually, a bit over 5km you will come out onto the 4WD track, turn right and follow it back to the carpark.

Amazing karst (rock) formations. Fantastic views (on a good day) over the Takaka Valley and over Nelson.

Lots of tomos (vertical caves).

Native snails and fantastic technical running.

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Good sized off road carpark that would take quite a few cars

24 km

34 minutes




A couple of places early on where the next pole is not visible, take your time and you will find it.

Very patchy.

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

Not really any obvious water

None, the area drains well after rain.

Lots of the trail is technical and semi-technical with rocks and roots being the main dangers. Treat them with respect and you will be fine. Stay back from the tomos, many of them go down for hundreds of feet.

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Matt Halverson

Matt Halverson

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Trail Reviews

Not my cup of tea. Nice views from the top but the trail has zero flow and needs a good trim

Daniel Parkinson

March 31

What a weird and interesting landscape. Loved the variety. Great views from the top! Minimal gorse at the moment, easily avoided.

Matt Halverson

November 13, 2023

A nice loop with different terrain to explore: initially rocky and quite open but then you head into a pretty forest. The gorse is unavoidable in places - long sleeves and leggings recommended!

Stefanie Parks

May 2, 2021

Super convenient run when crossing Takaka hill, shame about all the gorse in places- maybe wearing long trousers would have been smart!

Mike McManaway

April 19, 2021

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