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Arcus Loop Track, Wellington

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Arcus Loop TrackBeginner

Submitted by Kirstine Collins

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Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, some big hills

Native bush
Open tussock/grasslands


0:45 (Slow)
0:25 (Moderate)
0:15 (Fast)



March 2023: The access road to Otaki Forks is still closed by a large slip at Blue Bluff and unlikely to be opened again until at least 2024.

Parking is on the roadside at the end of Otaki Gorge Rd at Shields Flat. From here you need to hike in either using the very steep emergency track (roughly 5-6kms) or over the slip and along the old road (3.5kms).

Access from the south is off the Expressway - look for the Tararua Forest Park / Otaki Gorge Road exit before you reach Otaki.

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April 2021: current access is via a temporary alternative route - see here for details. Please email us with any updates that you become aware of.

Great fast run on good condition singletrack. Starting at the overnight carpark take the track through the bush to Boielle Flat. Cross the Waiotauru River footbridge and keep left at the junction to climb onto the river terraces. Follow the signs for Arcus loop.

The track goes along the river terraces before dropping towards Waiotauru River. It turns right again and stays high above the river before dropping to some grassy flats and back to the footbridge. Follow the track back to the carpark.

Toilets are available at the Boielles Flat campsite and at Parawai Hut (NO toilets at the Otaki Gorge Rd car park). Boil or treat water before drinking. There is no cellphone reception. Do not leave valuables in your car.

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Views of the Waiotaura River and Otaki River.

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Easy Single Track: 100%

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  • Access

    2 km South of Otaki turn left onto Otaki Gorge Road and follow for 16 km to Otaki Forks. Park at the Overnight Parking location.

    Large carpark with toilets

    18 km

    31 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Clear signage and obvious track


    Short-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit.

    Water at Waiotauru River


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