Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

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Fairy House Loop

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 16 ?

Gnarl Factor: 22 ?








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Type of Run

Urban fringe


Undulating, some big hills

Dog Friendly

Native bush

Run Makeup


Sealed Road

Farm Road / 4WD Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +7.4%

Average Downhill Gradient: -7.3%


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Beautiful loop run that starts and finishes on Stokes Valley Road, leading into native bush on a steep technical single track trail and then onto the wide ECNZ ridgeline with views of the Hutt Valley before dropping back down onto smaller more technical trails on the Horoeka Street Scenic Reserve where you can spot fairy houses along the trail.

The trail starts at the top of Stokes Valley Road with a small trail entrance on the right hand side with a signpost for the ECNZ trail. When on the ECNZ ridgeline, when you go past the concrete bollards/gate continue approx 500 metres on the gravel road look out for the trail that continues to the left (yellow gate), if you start descending steeply on the gravel road you have gone too far.

Scenic reserve tracks

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Free parking all along Stokes Valley Road and also a main bus route that runs to the top of the road as well.

13 km

18 minutes




Generally good.

Thermal leggings, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Map, Headtorch and spare batteries

No water on trail. Shops on Stokes Valley Road to stock up on supplies before setting off

Trails can be muddy and slippery after rain. Can be windy/cold/exposed on ridgeline.

Trails going up to and down from the ridgeline are technical and steep in places. Some very small water crossings on the descent at Horoeka Street Scenic Reserve. Extra care required on these sections.

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Trail Reviews

Great run - recommend going anti-clockwise for a shorter steeper uphill at the start. Nice run along the top, and then a steady downhill past the fairy houses. Last few km on the road a bit of a slog but a trail worth doing.

Suzanne Clarke

August 30, 2023

I ran this following the GPX file - clockwise - so actually started at the other end of Stokes Valley Road, from the Horoeka Scenic Reserve (the fairy end). The climb was pretty steady in this direction, not as technical as the other end (at least the run along the road at the end was downhill).

Karen Spencer

December 5, 2021

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