Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Arcus Loop Track

Otaki, Wellington

Submitted by Kirstine Collins

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Grunt Factor: 7 ?

Gnarl Factor: 19 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, some big hills

Dog Friendly

Native bush


Open tussock/grasslands

Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +9.3%

Average Downhill Gradient: -10.8%


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Estimated Times to Run







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.

Views of the Waiotaura River and Otaki River.

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Large carpark with toilets

18 km

31 minutes




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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