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Where in the Whakanui?, Wellington

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Where in the Whakanui?Intermediate - Experienced

Submitted by Ian Tulloch

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Lower Hutt

Front country - easily accessible

Point to Point (one way)

Undulating, some big hills

Native bush
Plantation/exotic forest

Intermediate - Experienced

4:00 (Slow)
2:30 (Moderate)
1:30 (Fast)



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The beginning is a long slow climb up a wide track - Whakanui Track - as you near the ridge you can get snippets across the valley. As you pass the McKerrow track the run get more technical and single track with tree markers showing the way. The downhill can be steep in some places until you reach the bottom where you meet the Big Bend Track - this track opens up following the Orongorongo river and then changes to the Catchpool Loop track for an easy finish on a wide well maintained track to the car park at Catchpool.

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Features of interest

As part of the Rimutaka Forest Park there are native birds all around, some great views West and East on the ridgeline

Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 30%

Moderate Single Track: 30%

Easy Single Track: 40%

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Overlapping Runs

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Mt Matthews

Mt Matthews

Length: 27.00km

Catchpool Dress Circle

Catchpool Dress Circle

Length: 26.50km


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  • Access

    Start at Hine Road in Wainuiomata, drive to the end of the road and look for the track to your right/south.

    Plenty of parking on Hine road

    11 km

    17 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    After passing the McKerrow track turn off, keep alert for markers until you reach the valley floor.

    Very patchy.

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

    Water is available from the Orongorongo river at the 9km mark

    Winter can be very muddy and freezing along the ridge, heavy rain can swell the Orongorongo river. Sudden weather change in Summer can make the ridgeline section cold.

  • Post run indulgence

    Zany Zeus
    Moera, Lower Hutt
    Fantastic Greek food and a cafe filled with wholesome meals and sweet treats, organic milk, cheese and ice cream. Check out the cake of the day!

    Seashore Cabaret
    Petone Foreshore
    Great selection of food and coffee, harbour view setting

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