Last Updated: 21st May 2024

Intermediate - Experienced

Save Trail Save

I've done it Done

Rooty Rocky Waiohine

Greytown, Wellington

Submitted by Anna Brooke

Last Updated: 21st May 2024

Intermediate - Experienced

Save Trail Save

I've done it Done


Grunt Factor: 29 ?

Gnarl Factor: 57 ?








Login as a VIP to see driving directions, distance and time.

Trail Map

Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only

Dog Friendly

Native bush


Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +5.7%

Average Downhill Gradient: -5.7%


Login as a VIP to see the trailhead information.

Estimated Times to Run

Not suitable






Cross the big swing bridge then keep following track signs to Totara Flats hut. The first 4kms of the trail are the toughest in terms of technical running. A few sections are non-runnable due to the roots and rocks and if you do run beware of picking your feet up to clear the obstacles! After this part, the track runs closer to the river and you get to run alongside the water before following easy open winding grassy trails for the final 2kms to the hut.

Turn around at the hut.

Take your time on this run, the bush, river and wildlife are worth it.

There are 4 swing bridges on the route but the first takes the cake. It is quite long and has beautiful views over the river and a cool waterfall feature.

There are toilets at the trailhead and at Totara Flats hut. There is also one tucked off to the left just past the first sign for the carpark.

There is plenty of parking space at the end of the road with toilets. No public transport available to this area.

21 km

27 minutes




Just keep following the signs to Totara flat (not cone hut) and you can't go wrong


Short-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Map

From about 4kms in you will start crossing streams and be closer to the river which you can easily fill up from.

This is definitely best run in dry conditions due to the potential for mud and slippery rocks on the trail. The drier it is the more runnable the technical parts of the trail become. It is well sheltered on gale force W wind days in the Tararuas making it a good option when ridgelines will be too windy.

If the river is swollen you are required to follow another route along the top of the bank halfway in. Wouldn't recommend trying to run it in this case anyway as the track would be muddy.

The Offering
65 Main Street, Greytown
Great coffee in fine Wairarapa style.

Trail Legend


Kristin Stokes

has completed Rooty Rocky Waiohine once in the last year.

Learn about Trail Legends.

You and Rooty Rocky Waiohine

As a VIP member you can record private notes for this trail, see all of your times and more.

Register Now

Already have an account? Login now

Trail Reviews

I've run in so many places around NZ and Europe but this is my favourite trail, the swing bridge start is spectacular and the single track rooty trail just breathtaking.
Need to stay alert, especially the first few kms and make sure you take the time to take in the beauty of this place.
Totara Flats Hut is a great place for lunch or overnight, NZ at it's best!

Andre Van Barneveld

February 3, 2021

Login to submit a review

Trail Running Community

Find people who are interested in or have completed this trail run.

You must register or login to view this feature.

Register Now

Other trails nearby
Middle of Middle Earth

Middle of Middle Earth

Length: 14.5km

Level: Beginner - Intermediate

Eastern Main Range

Eastern Main Range

Length: 43.0km

Level: Experienced

Mt Reeves Loop

Mt Reeves Loop

Length: 17.2km

Level: Intermediate

Find more trails and peaks nearby