Last Updated: 4th Nov 2023

Beginner - Intermediate

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Mt Lowry

Lower Hutt, Wellington

Submitted by Katie Smith

Last Updated: 4th Nov 2023

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 15 ?

Gnarl Factor: 57 ?








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Type of Run

Urban fringe


Undulating, some big hills

Dog Friendly

Native bush

Run Makeup


Sealed Road

Easy Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +11.1%

Average Downhill Gradient: -13.1%


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Start at the carpark as marked. Head left along the main road for a short distance before turning right onto Cheviot Road. This turns left then right again - follow it to the end. Here the single track starts. Follow it uphill, keeping right at two junctions, signposted to "Main Ridge Track". Once you reach this the main amount of climbing is behind you and the track undulates along the ridge with beautiful glimpses of the harbour out to the right.

At the next junction you can either keep left and continue to the Mt Lowry trig point itself ( a further 800m or so), or head back downhill on the right-hand track. If you go to the trig point turn around and come back the same way. Follow the track steeply downhill over rooty broken ground. Eventually you pop out on Kaitawa Road - turn left down onto the waterfront the right along the main road back to your car.

Stunning views out across Wellington Harbour

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Plenty of parking

7 km

10 minutes




Generally good.

Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map

You cross a small creek on the descent

Exposed to wind along the ridgeline track

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Trail Reviews

Awesome! Defo recommend the reverse direction as per other comments

Tony Sharpe

November 1, 2023

Tough run - particularly dropping down to Kaitawa Road. Our group mostly hiked the steep bits. Unfortunately no view at the top when we were there but the trail through the native bush was absolutely gorgeous. It would be very mucky and slippery after rain.

David Hosking

December 7, 2021

Gorgeous wee trail with a stunning run along the main ridge. And what Joe said above - running in reverse and then down to Cheviot Road means you get the gnarly climb done with fresh legs then a great descent at the other end.

Karen Spencer

May 15, 2021

Love this trail. You can feel a million miles from civilization, yet be back and eating hot pizza at Days Bay before you know it. Main Ridge track is awesome to run on and usually deserted. Kaitawa track is very gnarly so unless you're a true mountain goat, I would advise running this in reverse.

Joe Benbow

November 18, 2020

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