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Tawhai Loop, Wellington

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Tawhai LoopBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Joe Benbow

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Upper Hutt

Urban fringe


Undulating, some big hills

Native bush

Beginner - Intermediate

Not Suitable (Slow)
1:30 (Moderate)
0:50 (Fast)



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If you're starting at the Horoeka St entrance, start by heading south east along the road, then turn left onto Tawhai St and join the track entrance at the top of the road. (Alternatively, you can park and start here, and do the road section last).

Follow the track up along the side of the stream and soon it will head steeply uphill. Good luck running up here, unless you're a mountain goat! You will more likely be hauling yourself up using tree trunks for leverage. There is a bench 2/3 of the way up with a nice lookout if you need a rest.

Eventually you will emerge at the top of the hill on a 4WD track. Turn left and enjoy the easy downhill run for about 2.3k, when you will come to a signpost pointing you left. Follow this single track down through the native bush, and at the next signpost, turn right for the last 1km past the fairy village and back out to where you started.

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Features of interest

The reserve has mature areas of kahikatea bush within which nestle a wide range of native New Zealand species. The Horoeka loop at the end of the run also contains a fairy village, which will keep your little ones entertained.

Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 15%

Moderate Single Track: 35%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 30%

Sealed Road: 20%

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  • Access

    Entrance to Horoeka Scenic Reserve, on Horoeka St.
    Alternatively you could start at the Tawhai Loop track entrance at the top of Tawhai St

    Parking is available on Horoeka St and Tawhai St

    7 km

    9 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Generally good.

    Short-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    None. Take what you need

    Track can be slippery in places

    The uphill section is VERY steep so ensure you have suitable footwear.
    Dogs should be kept under control at all times as there is possum baiting in the area.

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