Mt Climie & Tane's TrackIntermediate
Submitted by Joe Benbow
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Out and Back
Native bushPlantation/exotic forestOpen ridges/tops
This is a classic Wellington route, with maximum vert to test those quads!
Starting at the lower Tunnel Gully car park (toilets and information board here), enter the bush on Tane's Track, taking the right turn. This will lead you through a very short piece of single track up to the upper car park and picnic area. Head across here to the gate where you'll see the sign for Mount Climie.
Then just follow the track up, and up, and up... as you ascend, you'll notice the vegetation changing from regenerating forest at the bottom to red and silver beech further up, with some stunning moss-covered trees at the higher points.
At about the 5km mark you'll emerge at the first radio tower with spectacular views across the Hutt Valley. Further up you'll reach the north Climie trig. Continue on the track which descends a bit then rises up to the second tower and the south Climie trig (the highest point). You can go on a bit further to the radio tower where you'll get some great views over to Lake Wairarapa and the Featherston plains.
Descend the way you came up (probably a little more quickly). When you get to the fork signposted Maymorn to the left (you might not have noticed it coming up), keep right, otherwise you'll need to take a detour through the old railway tunnel (which is all good if you have a torch and are prepared). But assuming you're carrying on back the way you came up, keep right and descend back down to the gate at the top car park.
As soon as you're past the gate, turn sharp right and look for the Tane's track sign. Follow this which will take you on a lovely 2k single track through native bush, over boardwalks and past a cute waterfall. Keep following the green signs (at one point you'll cross the road) and it will bring you back to the initial T-junction where you started at the lower car park.
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Features of interest
Tunnel Gully was once the campsite for workers building the nearby Mangaroa Railway Tunnel, which was completed in 1877.
Make Up of Run
Easy Single Track: 15%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 85%
Car park at the lower Tunnel Gully picnic area, at the start of Tane's Track
Plenty of parking available at the start. If taking the bus, catch the 112 Te Marua bus from Upper Hutt Station to the turnaround area near the end of Plateau Road. Walk approximately 1km to reach Tunnel Gully. Alternatively, catch the train to Maymorn and walk or cycle 2km up the track and through the historic Mangaroa tunnel to Tunnel Gully.
On the return, keep right at the Maymorn turn-off, unless you want to take the detour that way via the railway tunnel.
Thermal leggings, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Cellphone.
No water sources on the route so take what you need
The peak is obviously high up and very exposed. Take warm, wind-proof clothing as it will be much cooler at the top even if it is warm at the bottom.
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