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Wainui Trail Park, Wellington

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Wainui Trail ParkBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Rita Onosa

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Lower Hutt

Urban fringe


Undulating, small hills only

Native bush
Open ridges/tops

Beginner - Intermediate

2:00 (Slow)
1:30 (Moderate)
1:00 (Fast)



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This particular course follows the track in an anticlockwise direction. You start at the Wainuiomata Trail Project park entrance with a good kilometer of 4WD track allowing you to pick up the pace before you hit the single trail. The next 15 minutes or so is a consistent but very runnable climb up to the ridgeline.

Turn right, following a track called Towhai Traverse and adding in another loop that includes a steep climb which is well worth the effort because once you get to the top you get rewarded with the most beautiful 360 degrees view of Wellington. I did this run at night time (Xterra starlight run) and although its was freezing cold it was a clear night and the views of Wellington were AMAZING!) Once you've soaked in the views and taken the compulsory selfie :-) you head left back down the hill (check out the views over Wellington again!) on another section of 4WD. Finally back into the bush for the final couple of km back to the finish line.

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Features of interest

Amazing views of Wellington region from the top!

Make Up of Run

Moderate Single Track: 40%

Easy Single Track: 45%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 15%

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  • Access

    Start at Wainuiomata Trail Project park - Waiu Street entrance.

    There is some parking at the park entrance and plenty of off street parking on Waiu St, especially in the weekend as it's somewhat an industrial area.

    10 km

    14 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Easy to navigate even at night. There are a lot of other tracks in the park.

    Perfect throughout.

    Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Windproof jacket, Gloves, Whistle, First aid kit, Cellphone, Map.

    There is no water on the course, you'll have to carry your own.

    It can get quite muddy in winter or after a lot of rain. The only big climb in this run goes over very rocky surface which again can be very sllipery in winter.

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