Last Updated: 25th Sep 2023


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Māra Roa and Waihora

Porirua, Wellington

Submitted by Richele McKenzie

Last Updated: 25th Sep 2023


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Grunt Factor: 7 ?

Gnarl Factor: 12 ?








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Type of Run

Urban fringe


Undulating, some big hills

Dog Friendly

Native bush

Open farmlands

Run Makeup


Sealed Road

Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +7.8%

Average Downhill Gradient: -7.9%


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From the main sign, head up the driveway and continue up the hill. There is good signage for the tracks. Where it splits, continue following Māra Roa (Waihora Loop is a shorter 3.5km loop). Not long after the split you change from 4wd track and head down a grassy section and through native bush, to the Cannon's Creek Lake Reserve. There are a few sections of boardwalk and some recently redeveloped track.

When you are almost at the main road take the driveway to the right that puts you out onto Driver Crescent, turn right again, and follow the road for approx 1.2km until you get to the corner of Warspite Ave. You will see more park signage.

Follow the track down the creek then cut across Waihora Park to where you began.

This trail starts at the new park access at Waihora Crescent and goes through Waitangirua Farm. There are good views of Transmission Gully. There is a decent section of off lead track for dogs.

If you know of any public toilets near the trail start or on the route, please login and then let us know so we can update this section.

Parking is available alongside Waihora Park. The number 220 bus (from the Porirua Station) stops 1km away.

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There are a couple of options down through the native planting in Maara Roa and Cannon's Creek Lake Reserve. Follow the main track. Avoid turning onto Takapu track as this will take you out to Takapu Road.

Perfect throughout.

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

There is a public toilet at Waihora Park. There aren't any other safe water sources, only creeks for the dogs.

The area of native bush can get slippery after rain. The tops may be exposed to wind.

Watch out for traffic when running along the road section.

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Thanks for the addition to the directory. Would definitely recommend reversing the direction if it's wet

Tony Sharpe

July 28, 2023

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