Last Updated: 9th Dec 2023

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Kaitoke Omega Loop

Upper Hutt, Wellington

Submitted by Michael Whibley

Last Updated: 9th Dec 2023

Intermediate - Experienced

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Grunt Factor: 59 ?

Gnarl Factor: 68 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible


Very hilly

Dog Friendly

Native bush


Run Makeup


Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +10.5%

Average Downhill Gradient: -11.1%


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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.

This trail includes the peak Omega.

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17 km

17 minutes




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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Cameron Rogers

has completed Kaitoke Omega Loop once in the last year.

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Trail Reviews

Challenging but beautiful! Wear your grippiest trail shoes- I was in Hoka speedgoats and slipped quite a bit on the downhill. The bush is stunning and the trail was in good condition with only a few boggy bits. It would be a good training run for Kepler with the up/down at the start and then flatter down the river in the second half. And the highlight was I saw a stag! Well, I slipped, swore out loud and startled a stag who bounded away through the bush. Magical!

Aimee Francois

April 23

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