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Fensham Reserve Loop, Wellington

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Fensham Reserve LoopBeginner

Submitted by Seanoa Isaac

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Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, small hills only

Native bush


0:25 (Slow)
0:15 (Moderate)
0:10 (Fast)



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A great short training loop in a bush setting with just enough bumps to keep it interesting. Choose your direction, both ways are pretty much the same. There are a handful of in-between tracks short cutting between the main loop.
If you get lost in here try your hand at golf...

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Features of interest

This 48 hectare reserve contains a remnant kahikatea swamp forest, as well as important wetlands that are home to our nationally vulnerable mudfish. Kanuka, matai, rimu black beech, titoki and kowhai thrive in this alluvial plains and hill slopes that form much of the reserve.

The reserve's forest is in great condition, and it has some magnificent podocarps believed to be between 400 and 700 years old. Rising above the primary forest is a further 19 hectares of regenerating forest and shrubland. The reserve also has 3 hectares of wetland, which is being restored to its natural state, and is closed for protection.

Many of the plants, especially in the primary forest, are clearly labelled.
*Photos courtesy of Destination Wairarapa

Make Up of Run

Moderate Single Track: 30%

Easy Single Track: 70%

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  • Access

    6min drive from Carterton. Head out Belvedere Road from the round-a-bout 2.8km. Follow road around a sharp right into Cobden Road for a further 2km to reserve entrance. A 2nd entrance is a further 1km down the road.

    small road side carparks are located at the entrances. No public transport

    6 km

    8 minutes



  • Staying Safe



    Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, Cellphone.


    There are a few steps and boardwalks which although wire meshed can still become very slick when wet or in early morning dew. The reserve is very sheltered even in strong winds, you will definitely hear the wind but you are mostly well protected with the dense bush.

    Very narrow track, take care and give way to walkers and there are often families on day walks.
    People are often seen with dogs but the reserve is officially off limits with poison bait stations year round.
    Boardwalks and steps can be slippery.
    Advise not to wear a brimmed hat as there are often low hanging branches/ windfall so eyes up.
    For a late afternoon/ evening run I suggest taking a headlamp or torch to be safe as the bush is mostly very dense you will lose light quickly. If locals see a vehicle in the carpark after dark they often head up to check no one is stranded in the dark...

  • Post run indulgence

    Paua World
    54 Kent Street Carterton
    good coffee

    Cafe Mirabelle
    54 Kent Street Carterton
    Very high quality food with french influence and fantastic coffee

    Claireville Bakery
    3340 SH2 Clareville, Carterton
    Award winning bakery. dangerously tasty crownuts mmm...

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