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Rata Ridge, Wellington

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Rata RidgeIntermediate

Submitted by Joe Benbow

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Lower Hutt

Urban fringe


Undulating, some big hills

Native bush


1:30 (Slow)
1:10 (Moderate)
0:45 (Fast)



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From the entrance to the park, head up the steep old ridgeline firebreak. It can be slippery so take care. At about 1k, ignore the Zigzag track off to the right. Once you hit the bush, you'll soon get to the stile and turnoff to Fern Gully track. Take this runnable gravel trail down to where it pops out at Gardiner Grove, then turn left, right, and left again on Lees Grove and you'll see the Lees Grove track heading back in to the bush.

Get ready for a steep but beautiful 200m climb back up to the Rata Ridge track. Once you reach the top, turn right, and follow it up about 500m to the trig (blink and you might miss it), then on to the lookout where there is a bench if you need a breather for refuelling. From there, it's about 3k downhill along Rata Ridge track all the way back to the start.

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Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 50%

Easy Single Track: 15%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 30%

Sealed Road: 5%

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  • Access

    Stanley Street entrance to East Harbour Regional Park

    Stanley Street has on-street parking with no restrictions. Buses stop on Main Road

    17 km

    20 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Generally good.

    Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    A couple of creeks on the way up but none on the return

    The first/last part can be very slippery after rain

    The track is used by mountain bikers, so avoid using headphones

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