Last Updated: 24th Jan 2024

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Tramline track

Masterton, Wellington

Submitted by Rita Onosa

Last Updated: 24th Jan 2024

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 23 ?

Gnarl Factor: 29 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, some big hills

Dog Friendly

Native bush


Open farmlands

Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +11.9%

Average Downhill Gradient: -12.5%


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Ran starts at the entrance of the park along a well graded 4 wheel drive. Follow the Kiriwhakapapa loop, can go either left or right at the beginning of the loop as either way will take you to the start of the Tramline track after approx half a km. This half a km will take you through beautiful redwoods, quite spectacular!

The start of the Tramline track is very well sign posted so you unlikely to miss it. Single track that is mostly runnable although it has some short sharp climbs and bits of it are quite technical with lots of tree roots, rocks and uneven surface. There is one river crossing which can be a bit tricky after a lot of rain. Can be very muddy as well. Follow the busk track until you come out onto farmland which will eventually take you to the Mikimiki Rd end. Here is turn around point. Follow the track back to the end of the Tramline track and make sure from there you go the opposite direction on the Kiriwhakapapa loop just for a change although either way will take you out to the park entrance.

This well-graded trail passes through forest that has regenerated well after being logged for its rimu and other trees in the 1930's. Another attractive feature is the many planted redwoods.

Half way through Kiriwhakapapa Rd the seal road changes to gravel road which goes all the way to the Tararua Forest park entrance. Ample parking area and camping ground. Toilets and shelter also available.

25 km

23 minutes




Well marked route just follow the orange triangles.

Generally good.

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

Pristine looking streams but I have never drank out of them, I always carry my water.

It can get very muddy and the river crossing can get tricky after a lot of rain

Ten o'clock cafe
Queen st Masterton
Award winning hot cross buns and beautiful coffee!

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Trail Reviews

Beautiful run! We had to navigate quite a big slip at the top of the climb, took us a while to bush bash around it - quicker on the way back as we knew where to go. Gorgeous down by the water and the bush through there is quite special. Would probably turn around at the last bridge and not run through to the farm end if I did it again. It was pretty boggy in places right through the run, but loads of fun.

Eve Southan

August 7, 2021

Did this many moons ago during those endless summer days when my grandparents lived in the northern Wairarapa. Many an outdoors formative spark was born in the vicinity of the Tararuas

Tony Sharpe

March 21, 2020

I absolutely love this run! It`s one of my all time faves. Beautiful bush, cold clean refreshing streams, a couple of decent climbs and lots of nice undulating hills. It can get really muddy after decent rain so be prepared to plod the bog!

Rita Onosa

September 16, 2019

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