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Kaitoke Omega Loop, Wellington

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Kaitoke Omega LoopIntermediate - Experienced

Submitted by Michael Whibley

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Trail Information

33.00km

1500m

1500m

 

Wellington

Upper Hutt

Front country - easily accessible

Loop

Very hilly

Native bush
Riverside

Intermediate - Experienced

8:30 (Slow)
6:30 (Moderate)
4:30 (Fast)

-11.1%

+10.5%

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Description

This provides a longer loop alternative to Dobson Loop and the Block XV1 Loop

Follow the trail up from the carpark and take the turnoff to the left up Marchant Ridge a couple of k's in. The first section is a fairly unrelenting uphill slog over rooty terrain interspersed with the odd runnable section. Mainly undercover but pop out into the open a few times for some beautiful views.

At around the 15km mark follow the sign on the right towards Tutiwai Hut (next turnoff after Block XV1). Next section is a scramble (drop 800m) down to the river where you can cool off and fill up water bottles.

Cross the river and a little way past the opposite bank you will pick up the track heading to the right (look for the orange triangles). Follow the trail back to the carpark along the river flats.


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Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 60%

Moderate Single Track: 40%


Route Data

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Overlapping Runs

The following trails overlap with this run to some degree. You may wish to combine them but please note that to qualify for FKTs on these runs you should record a separate Strava activity for each

Dobson Loop

Dobson Loop

Length: 14.30km

Renata Ridge - Kaitoke

Renata Ridge - Kaitoke

Length: 44.50km

Block XVI Loop

Block XVI Loop

Length: 27.00km


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  • Access

    Take Marchant Road off SH2, turn right onto Kiwi Ranch Road. Park in the DOC carpark down the end (on the left before the entrance to the YMCA)

    17 km

    17 minutes

    Yes

    No

  • Staying Safe

    Moderate.

    Very patchy.

    Thermal leggings, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Cellphone, Map.

    It will take 2.5-4.5 hours to reach the river so need to take a good amount of water to last until then.

    In winter, or after a lot of rain, the river may be high and not suitable to cross

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