Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

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Whararoa Farm Steps

Paekakariki, Wellington

Submitted by Mick Finn

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 11

Gnarl Factor: 30

6.0km

320m

320m

328m

  

  

  

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Trail Map

Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Loop

Undulating, some big hills

Native bush

Open farmlands

Run Makeup

66%
17%
17%

Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Untracked / Route only

Average Uphill Gradient: +13.5%

Average Downhill Gradient: -12.3%

Trailhead

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Estimated Times to Run

1:20

Slow

1:00

Moderate

0:40

Fast

A steep and scenic tour of the steep sections of Whareroa farm along with some contrasting fast 4wd road sections.

From the carpark, head out along the farm track for a km, past the toilets/caravan hub. Take a right turn before the stream crossing heading along the flat and a shared MTB track. When you get to a sign saying not to go up the downhill MTB track there is a small sign and blue pole marked route heading off the trail to the right and then up a steep spur for another km.

Follow the blue poles all the way until you reach the farm road at the top. Follow this for almost two km around to the left/north until you reach the mtb/tramping tracks turnoff back to the farm. If it’s late in the day and there’s no bikes around the grassy ridge track is the fastest, steepest way back.

Carpark at start

4 km

4 minutes

Unknown

No

Moderate.

Very patchy.

Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

Tap at 1km/5km mark near toilets.

Exposed in southerly on ridge up, and hot for all ascent and flats in summer.

Perching Parrot cafe
Paekakariki
Coffee and pastries

Beach Road Deli
Paekakariki
Coffee and pizza

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