Last Updated: 16th Apr 2024


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Te Ara Ramaroa Loop

Last Updated: 16th Apr 2024


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Grunt Factor: 11 ?

Gnarl Factor: 20 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, some big hills

Native bush

Open farmlands

Run Makeup


Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +11.4%

Average Downhill Gradient: -11.5%


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This is a nice little grunty loop through Whareroa Farm, with a BIG hill.

Start off on the path to the left of the visitor shed. Run past the toilet block and through the gate onto the Farm Race. Directly opposite is the stile for the 'Te Ara Ramaroa track'. Follow the orange triangles and blue posts to guide you through the bush. At around 0.6km in, the trail will meet the 4WD Road. Don't cross the stile here (this is for horse access) Instead, turn left again following the blue poles. The next couple of kilometres take you up through the sheep farm where there are lots of little stream crossings.

The trail gets progressively steeper and steeper (up to 30% gradient in places). Eventually you'll pop out at the 'Ti Kouka' rocks at about 320m elevation. Cross the stile and turn left onto the Ti Kouka/Rocks track and head back down the hill, running alongside glorious views out to Kapiti Island. At around 5.1km, look for the left turn through the gorse which takes you to the Cairn lookout (worth the very short detour). Head down the hill following the blue poles until you get to the stile on your left marked 'Ramaroa Wetland track'. Follow this for about 400m and it will bring you back to an earlier intersection. Turn right and retrace your route to Farm Race, which you can follow back to the car park.

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Plenty of parking, but keep valuables out of sight, especially outside busy times.

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

Water available at the toilet block at start/finish.

Exposed for much of the loop outside the bush, and can be very windy at the top. A lot of the trail is grass so it can be slippery in the wet.

As a working farm, there are lots of sheep around. Strictly no dogs allowed.

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Trevor  Rowe

Trevor Rowe

has completed Te Ara Ramaroa Loop 3 times in the last year.

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