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

33.0km

1500m

1500m

1100m

  

  

  

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Trail Map

Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Loop

Very hilly

Dog Friendly

Native bush

Riverside

Run Makeup

40%
60%

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +10.5%

Average Downhill Gradient: -11.1%

Trailhead

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Estimated Times to Run

8:30

Slow

6:30

Moderate

4:30

Fast

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.

17 km

17 minutes

Yes

No

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

Trail Legend

CR

Cameron Rogers

has completed Kaitoke Omega Loop twice in the last year.

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These overlap with this trail 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 activity for each.

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