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Mukamuka Munter

Lower Hutt, Wellington

Submitted by Ian Tulloch

Last Updated: 18th Feb 2024


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Grunt Factor: 49 ?

Gnarl Factor: 38 ?








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Type of Run

Back country - remote

Point to Point (one way)

Undulating, some big hills

Native bush




Open farmlands

Open tussock/grasslands

Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +6.7%

Average Downhill Gradient: -6.3%


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Starting at the bridge over the Orongorngo river follow the well marked track around the coast, great views and big surf on some days. This coast track is about 12km long to the Mukamuka valley.

The valley starts with a wide open grassland before the river stones and rocks kick in and lasts for about 4km. Stay on the main valley going up. You will get to the end of the valley climbing steeply up to the saddle and very technical. Stop at the saddle for good views before heading down to the Orongorong River, the track down is technical and steep to the valley below. Cross the Orongorongo river to Big Bend track, following this to Catchpool, then follow this easy track back to the main carpark at the regional park

The Mt Matthews saddle provides great views on a good day north and south.

A real variety of track from easy single to very technical climbing over rocks following the river.

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Plenty of parking at the end of the Coast road running anti clockwise, or at Catchpool if running the track in clockwise direction

24 km

29 minutes




When running up the Mukamuka valley take the main valley and not the left tributary, then carry on up the main valley following the river, not very well marked the further you go up, but keep aiming for the saddle.
At the top of the saddle you need to go up a little then along the side of the face before heading down. When you come down from the saddle the track has lots of tree roots and is very steep in parts. When you reach the Orongorongo river cross the river to Big Bend track and follow that to Catchpool to take you to the main carpark


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

Plenty of water available from the rivers as you go along

The saddle is very exposed to windy conditions, as is the coast route tot he Mukamuka valley. The Orongorongo river can be difficult to cross if heavy rain or long periods of rain

Zany Zeus
Great coffee and loads of delicious Greek Treats including organic ice creams

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Trail Reviews

I’ve done the trail a few times and my favourite is definitely in reverse. Came out of the Mukamuka Valley today to find a pod of dolphins cruising the shoreline. Ran on the beach alongside them for about 1k!

Richele McKenzie

February 28, 2021

Amazing adventure. Lulled into a false sense of security for the first 13km even though the elevation profile tells you that the up is still to come! Stunning views along the coast; we ran it on a fairly atmospheric day of shifting clouds and light so the colours were beautiful. At Mukamuka Valley the terrain changes completely - loved the rock hopping and river crossings as we made our way up the river. You will get wet feet! Steep and gnarly up to South Saddle. Nearly got blown off so crawled to the ridge to see the incredible vews to both sides, then a steep gnarly climb back down through the forest to the Orongorongo river - more river to cross and boulders to hop over. Neat single trail back to the carpark through the bush - all runnable. Thoroughly recommend it - it has a bit of everything!

Anne-Louise Robertson

October 21, 2020

The elevation profile doesn't lie! After a gentle cruise along the (unusually calm today) south coast, the track follows the riverbed up, and up, and up. You don't think it can get any steeper, then it does.... Eventually you pop out on the saddle with breathtaking, panoramic views, before descending an equally knee-jarring climb. Not a lot of running to be had on this middle section but it's still a great adventure. If your legs have anything left in them, the last 10k is very runnable through lovely bush.

Joe Benbow

August 2, 2020

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