Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Whitireia Circuit

Porirua, Wellington

Submitted by Hadyn Butler

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Grunt Factor: 6 ?

Gnarl Factor: 15 ?








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Type of Run

Urban fringe


Totally/mostly flat

Dog Friendly



Open tussock/grasslands

Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +5.3%

Average Downhill Gradient: -6.2%


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Description for clockwise circuit (can be run easily either way).

Starting from the gate at the end of Onepoto Rd, head north along the coast. After about 500m you cross a small foot bridge. Take the left-hand path and head upstream. The path follows a gradual climb up the gully, until you reach a saddle and head down a short, steep section to the beach. Turn right at the carpark and follow the path back around the coast. The track along the coast changes between sections of well formed, surfaced track, and areas of unformed track. You can also run along the short beaches at low tide. Follow the track back to the footbridge and back to the carpark.

Plenty of parking spaces available.

3 km

5 minutes




Perfect throughout.

Thermal leggings, Lightweight fleece top, Windproof jacket, First aid kit, Cellphone

Public toilets at Onepoto Road end.

This track is in Wellington - expect bad weather! The track may be muddy and slippery in parts.

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Rob McCrudden

has completed Whitireia Circuit 9 times in the last year.

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Trail Reviews

Love this run, such beautiful views and just one climb makes it a great little loop. Pick a calm day as the wind around there can be intense! Oh and make sure you jump down off the track and run along the would be rude not to ;)

Eve Southan

August 7, 2021

That was really nice. Cruisy little loop and I did a bit of extra exploring out at the far end , trotting up to the Po in the carpark up the hill is a great vantage point for Mana Island. Cheers!

Tony Sharpe

October 8, 2020

Did it in some brutal wind, with my doggo ... its a good easy short trail, was a good "easy day" run for me!

Steve Mosley

September 23, 2020

46m for me. I stopped to enjoy the views from the top. The tide was high, and my shoes stayed dry. Will do again. A little mud after rain the nights before. Road shoes were fine.

Blaire Cudby

May 31, 2020

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