Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

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Mt Climie & Tane's Track

Upper Hutt, Wellington

Submitted by Joe Benbow

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

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Grunt Factor: 19

Gnarl Factor: 13

14.0km

770m

770m

860m

  

  

  

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Type of Run

Urban fringe

Out and Back

Very hilly

Dog Friendly

Native bush

Plantation/exotic forest

Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup

85%
15%

Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +11.8%

Average Downhill Gradient: -11.8%

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Estimated Times to Run

2:30

Slow

1:50

Moderate

1:20

Fast

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.

Tunnel Gully was once the campsite for workers building the nearby Mangaroa Railway Tunnel, which was completed in 1877.

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.

15 km

19 minutes

Yes

No

Easy.

On the return, keep right at the Maymorn turn-off, unless you want to take the detour that way via the railway tunnel.

Patchy.

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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Jamie Calder

Jamie Calder

has completed Mt Climie & Tane's Track 6 times in the last year.

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Trail Reviews

No doubt about it - the climb is character building! Awesome change of landscape as you climb and the views are worth it. Save something for Tane’s track once you descend.

Karen Spencer

May 8, 2021

Tane's Track is so pretty and weirdly enough I love the track up to Climie. Brilliant views on a good day but even on a bad day there's plenty of birdsong to keep you distracted from the climb. You may even get to see goats.

Richele McKenzie

November 3, 2020

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