Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

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Where in the Whakanui?

Lower Hutt, Wellington

Submitted by Ian Tulloch

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

Intermediate - Experienced

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Grunt Factor: 28 ?

Gnarl Factor: 48 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Point to Point (one way)

Undulating, some big hills

Dog Friendly

Native bush

Plantation/exotic forest



Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +12.0%

Average Downhill Gradient: -12.0%


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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.

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

Plenty of parking on Hine road

11 km

17 minutes




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.

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Trail Reviews

Love the Whakanui Track. Quite slow and technical in parts but not as muddy as I'd anticipated. Sparky enjoyed drinking out of all the little streams along the way and swam in the Orongorongo River. It's Kiwi habitat so it was an on-lead run this time.

Richele McKenzie

August 31, 2019

Is a great run. I did it from the end of Hine rd, over mt McKerrow, down to Orongorongo river and back via whakanui track. Means there are two significant climbs, but does create a nice loop. Bus 170 also stops at the end of Hine road if you are car less.

Bruce Roberts

February 13, 2019

I started and finished this loop at the end of Hine Road, Wainuiomata. The first 400m is overgrown with gorse which was not vey nice. The Whakanui track is a delight to run, the occasional splendid views through the bush and flowing, open, leaf littered path that you can really pick up the pace on. However, I expect it could get pretty muddy after rain. Mt McKerrow is a non-event, although Clay Ridge does have some fantastic viewpoints. The track is quite overgrow and rough in places from just before the summit to the Whakanui track junction.

J Justin Bangma

April 2, 2018

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