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Hooper Loop - Mt Holdsworth, Wellington

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Hooper Loop - Mt HoldsworthBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Rita Onosa

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Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, some big hills

Native bush

Beginner - Intermediate

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



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Start at the car park on gravel 4WD track until you come to a bridge crossing. Follow the signs to Atiwhakatu Hut via Donelly flats. A nice undulating bush track mostly runnable with some short steep hills and a few stairs. Follow the track for about 3.7km. Take a sharp turn left and follow the very steep track up to Mountain Hut. Although this turn off is well sign posted it'ss easy to miss so keep an eye on your watch.

This track is only 2.5km but it's quite steep and technical with lots of tree roots and uneven surface. It can get really muddy in places after a lot of rain. Once you get to the top follow the Gentle Annie Track which will go past the Rocky Lookout. Follow the track and pick up some speed as it is all down hill from here. This track will take you back to the bridge crossing and on to the car park.

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Features of interest

The rocky Lookout provides panoramic view of Mount Holdsworth and the upper Atiwhakatu valley. Beautiful silver beech forest track .

Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 30%

Moderate Single Track: 30%

Easy Single Track: 30%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 10%

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Overlapping Runs

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Powell Hut

Powell Hut

Length: 15.00km

Atiwhakatu Hut

Atiwhakatu Hut

Length: 14.00km

Pinnacle Ridge Plus

Pinnacle Ridge Plus

Length: 23.20km


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  • Access

    Start point is at the car park area. From here there is a short walk to the river, a sturdy wooden bridge, and then turn right and follow the signs for Atiwhakatu Hut via Donelly flats.

    Turn off State Highway 2 on to Norfolk Road, 2 km south of Masterton. This leads to Mount Holdsworth Road. Holdsworth is 15 km from State Highway 2. At the end of Mt Holdsworth Road the entrance to the Tararua National Park has a large carpark with toilets, picnic areas, a hut and nearby caretakers residence

    21 km

    26 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Approximately 3.7 Km into the run is the left turn which can be easily missed due to it's sharpness, even though it is signposted.


    Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    There are streams on the way if you are brave enough to drink out of them, otherwise carry your own.

    The steep climb to wards Mountain Hut is very technical and can get even trickier after a lot of rain. Be prepared to slip and slide!

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