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Fairy House Loop, Wellington

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Fairy House LoopBeginner - Intermediate

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Lower Hutt

Urban fringe


Undulating, some big hills

Native bush

Beginner - Intermediate

3:00 (Slow)
2:00 (Moderate)
1:30 (Fast)



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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.

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Features of interest

Scenic reserve tracks

Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 10%

Moderate Single Track: 20%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 60%

Sealed Road: 10%

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  • Access

    Starting at the top of Stokes Valley Road (can start further down if you want to) there is free parking all along the main road, the trail starts at the top, a small trail entrance on the right hand side with a sign to the ECNZ track

    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



  • Staying Safe


    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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