Last Updated: 4th Dec 2023


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Battle Hill - Puketiro Loop

Porirua, Wellington

Submitted by Helen Gittins

Last Updated: 4th Dec 2023


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Grunt Factor: 12 ?

Gnarl Factor: 13 ?








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Type of Run

Urban fringe


Very hilly

Plantation/exotic forest

Open farmlands

Run Makeup


Gravel Road

Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +11.9%

Average Downhill Gradient: -12.1%


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As you face the Education Centre by the car park go through a gate to the right. Pass the riding school and follow the yellow markers through another gate and down the farm track to Transmission Gully. The track passes through a tunnel under the new road and diagonally across a field. Cross the stream to join the Puketiro Loop track.

The track is best followed in a clockwise direction to avoid being skittled by mountain bikes. A stiff climb through pine forest will eventually bring you to a sign board just below the ridge. Follow the short, grassy track to the ridge line and enjoy stunning views out over the Pauatahanui Inlet and to the South Island. On a very clear day Mt. Taranaki can be seen to the North. From here follow the yellow markers to rejoin the 4WD track and enjoy a downhill run through the forest back to the stream. Follow the farm track back through the farm to the car park.

Battle Hill Farm is a lovely traditional working sheep farm and the site of a historical battle. The route passes under the Transmission Gully construction and up into pine forest. Look out for goats on the ridge line. Tom tits and bellbirds can be seen in the edges of the forest.

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Plenty of relatively safe parking available. Gates are open from 8am til dusk. No public transport. No dogs allowed.

6 km

7 minutes





Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map

Drinking water is available at Battle Hill.

Prepare to get your feet wet crossing the stream in winter or after rain.

Watch out for construction vehicles while crossing Transmission Gully.

Groundup Cafe
Great coffee and a large range of brunch style and counter food. Very popular and can get very busy at peak times.

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Trail Reviews

The first section of forest has been logged and is a bit exposed and glum, but persevere and you'll find the second half is lovely. On a positive note, you now get great views during the uphill.

Richele McKenzie

December 4

Really enjoyed this loop! Nice runnable forest, although in recovery mode from injury so I was walking some ups. Stunning views at the top

Tony Sharpe

April 18, 2022

Really enjoyable run. Gentle start across the park, under TM Gully and into the woods. Nice and sheltered on a rainy day for the most part. Brilliant views from the top. Small Stream crossing at the base of the main climb. Nice to cool off your feet after the descent.

Gerrit Luijken

June 4, 2021

Enjoyed the second half of this run - brilliant views and a fast and interesting downhill. My GPS measured this as 9.5k.

Richele McKenzie

February 25, 2019

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