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Soil Bureau, Wellington

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Soil BureauIntermediate

Submitted by Daniel Bowbyes

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Lower Hutt

Urban fringe

Point to Point (one way)

Very hilly

Native bush


1:45 (Slow)
1:20 (Moderate)
0:50 (Fast)



Can get very slipper in winter and is over grown in places

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From the back of the Taita College sports field follow an old path up to the water tower at the top of the hill. Take a right and follow an old access road till you get to an old broken water tank and grass area at the top of the ridge.

Take a left on to the old Soil Bureau track. This can be quite over grown in places and is not well marked so keep a keen eye to ensure you are following the main trail. About 3/4 of the way along this track you will come to an intersection with a sign pointing to Stokes Valley, keep going straight ahead till you get to the ECNZ maintenance road.

Take a Right and follow the ECNZ road for about 1km and then turn right on to the Link track to Rata Street Loop track. Follow this track down to Rata St.

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Features of interest

Follow the old Soil Bureau track through the back of Naenae, its a hard scramble but lovely bush setting.

Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 80%

Easy Single Track: 10%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 10%

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  • Access

    The start of the track is at back left hand corner of left hand Taita College sports ground when standing on the street facing Taita College. Please don't go through the Learning Connection next door as they prefer people to not access their property.

    There is plenty of parking on the street or you can park in Naenae and turn the run in to a loop

    10 km

    12 minutes



  • Staying Safe


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    The old Soil Bureau track is over grown and can be hard to follow in some places.

    Perfect throughout.

    Short-sleeved thermal top, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    No water on track

    Slippy in winter

    Some sections are very steep and when slippy you can take a tumble.

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