Last Updated: 6th Feb 2024


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Ruby Bay Circuit

Richmond, Tasman

Submitted by Stu Houston

Last Updated: 6th Feb 2024


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Grunt Factor: 13 ?

Gnarl Factor: 8 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, small hills only

Dog Friendly


Open farmlands

Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup


Sealed Road

Gravel Road

Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +3.0%

Average Downhill Gradient: -3.6%


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From the Ruby Bay carpark pick up the Great Taste trail which goes North West up Pine Hill Road. Follow road for about 600 metres to where the trail branches off to the left and climbs up to the top of a small ridge, then continue to follow the Blue Markers of the GTT on a nice gravel trail as it gently meanders its way down open country side with housing and apple orchards all around.

Just past the Jester House Cafe turn Left off the GTT and run south up Williams Road. Keep running along road for about 2.5 km until the gravel road comes to and end by a very stately set of gate pillars with statues on top. Turn left just past these gates on to a marked rough track called the Tasman Loop Track and follow this up a steep hill and along open paddocks. This is marked with white posts.

Past a house with many old wrecked cars you come to the old forestry road called Dickers Road. Turn Left (East) and follow Dickers Road, which is a rough clay road, for about 2 kms until just before the only house on your left. You'll see a timber stile that leads downhill on a gravel path through an alpaca farm down onto Westmere drive. Follow Westmere Drive to Suncrest Drive and turn Right and follow this downhill to Awa Awa Road. Turn left and keep the lake on your left. Follow Awa awa until Pumona road where you rejoin the Great Taste Trail. Turn right on to the trail and retrace your steps back over the ridge to Ruby Bay and jump in for a swim..if the tide's in !

Great Views of Tasman Bay, Richmond Ranges and Kahurangi National Park.

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Plenty of Parking in Ruby Bay Beach Carpark. It's not a formalised car park with parking spaces, just a large pull off area beside the beach with toilets. Pretty safe. No public transport.

20 km

19 minutes




Take map provided on this trail as it can be tricky in last 6 kms.

Perfect throughout.

Windproof jacket, First aid kit, Cellphone, Map

No Water on trail. Take water with you

Good all year round trail. Can be hot in summer with little shade.

Watch out for mountain bikers on Great Taste Trail - this is a very popular trail especially on weekends.

Jester House
Just out of Tasman Village (East) on Aporo road
Tasman Institution good food awesome location (Gets busy and closed Winters)

Tasman Store
Tasman Village
Nice sunny location good food.

Mapua Wharf
Heaps of Cafes and Restaurants great Location.

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Trail Reviews

Great loop! Instructions were very good - thank you. Agree with other comments that it’s quite exposed on a hot day and to carry own water. Lovely sea breeze in places.

Olivia Clendon

December 26, 2021

I ran this on a hot day and it was relentless, as there's no shade. The route involves a lot of sealed road and gravel road, so I recommend using road shoes rather than trail shoes. The views from the ridge are great, but the road running detracted from my enjoyment of this route. Once you get past Jester House there's no water for dogs, so good to bring some if it's a hot day.

Helen Bradford

December 19, 2021

Love this track ! More often run in reverse as I prefer to go up the track near the alpaca farm as it is pretty steep (not a downhill runner yet). It has just enough hills and flats to keep it interesting. Best of all it right on my door step, no driving required. Dog friendly too! Two areas that you pass through require you to put the dog on a lead due to livestock.

Debbi Bamfield

May 21, 2020

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