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Karapoti Challenge, Wellington

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Karapoti ChallengeIntermediate

Submitted by Joe Benbow

Info Info

Trail Information

18.70km

480m

480m

 

Wellington

Upper Hutt

Back country - remote

Loop

Undulating, some big hills

Native bush
Plantation/exotic forest
Riverside
Open ridges/tops

Intermediate

3:00 (Slow)
2:15 (Moderate)
1:30 (Fast)

-9.0%

+8.9%

Note that Airstrip Road and Woolshed Road are closed except to authorised vehicles between 4am and 5pm Monday to Friday, so this is a weekend option only.

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Description

The route follows the historic Karapoti 20K Challenge course (less the start/finish road section).

Note that Airstrip Road and Woolshed Road are closed except to authorised vehicles between 4am and 5pm Monday to Friday, so this is a weekend option only.

Starting at the car park, follow the trail along Karapoti Gorge, crossing the river near the start to keep you on the main wider track (rather than the smaller track that heads up to the right). After around 4.3k, you'll reach McGhies bridge. Cross the bridge and the locked gate and start heading uphill.

At around 6.2k, you'll reach a signed T-junction. Turn left onto Valley View Road and continue uphill.

Keep right at the 8k mark where there is a junction with Lindsays Road.

At 9.4k, keep right again on Airstrip Road, then turn right onto Woolshed Road (at around 10k). This will take you back to the first T-junction where you head back downhill to McGhies bridge and the way you came.


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Make Up of Run

Easy Single Track: 45%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 55%


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  • Access

    Car park and trail head at the end of Karapoti Road

    Plenty of parking available but as it's a remote and quiet trailhead, don't leave valuables in plain sight

    16 km

    20 minutes

    Yes

    No

  • Staying Safe

    Moderate.

    Make sure you know which turn to take at each junction on the loop section (Airstrip, then Woolshed). A wrong turn can take you miles off course.

    Non-existent.

    Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Map.

    The river and tributaries are the only water sources. Best to take your own but these sources could be used if you really needed.

    The Akatarawas get a lot of rainfall. Slips are common. Expect to get wet feet. The highest points on this run are quite exposed to the wind too.

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