Te Whiti Firebreak Calf BurnBeginner - Intermediate
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Beginner - Intermediate
Start the run on the Te Whiti Riser Trail, but as soon as it crosses the Firebreak take that option (it will be to your left and be much steeper and less-formed, whereas you'll see the Riser Trail carry on a gentle gradient). Follow the Firebreak all the way to the top, and then turn right and continue along the ridgeline to the south, the lookout where the radio towers and hang gliding launch are.
Backtrack along the ridgeline to the north, until you hit the elevated picnic spot about 20m past the second exit for the Riser trail. You can enjoy more views into the valleys either side from here. Then backtrack 20m south and enter the Te Whiti Riser trail, and follow this back to the valley floor and your starting point.
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Features of interest
Great views of Wellington Harbour, Matiu/Somes Island, and the Wainuiomata and Hutt Valleys.
Make Up of Run
Moderate Single Track: 40%
Easy Single Track: 50%
Gravel Road: 10%
Look for the footbridge over the river opposite 199 Riverside Drive Central (Waterloo). Go over the footbridge and follow the path around the batting cages towards the Sports Centre. The entrance to the trail is to your left, opposite the Sports Centre and is well marked.
There is parking for about 8 cars in a small carpark just by the footbridge, plus plenty of street parking. The #121 bus route has stops nearby, at the corner of Riverside Drive and Guthrie Street.
The entrance to the Te Whiti Riser trail is well marked at each end, and the firebreak only goes one way - straight up!!
Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
At about 6km there's a small waterfall you'll pass when heading back down the Te Whiti Riser trail, but otherwise take your own water.
If it's windy or wet, it would be very cold up on the ridgelines. If there's been a fair amount of rain the tracks will be muddy and slippery.
The Firebreak is very steep at points (up to 40% gradient) and would be slippery if wet, so take care with foot placement.
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