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Tramline track, Wellington

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Tramline trackBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Rita Onosa

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Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, some big hills

Native bush
Open farmlands

Beginner - Intermediate

3:00 (Slow)
2:15 (Moderate)
1:30 (Fast)



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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.

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Features of interest

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.

Make Up of Run

Moderate Single Track: 30%

Easy Single Track: 70%

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  • Access

    This track starts at the end of Kiriwhakapapa Road, 7 km from State Highway 2, about 16 km north of Masterton.

    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



  • Staying Safe


    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

  • Post run indulgence

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

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