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Big Circuit Run, Wellington

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Big Circuit RunIntermediate - Experienced

Submitted by Sam Yeoman

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Back country - remote


Very hilly

Native bush
Open ridges/tops

Intermediate - Experienced

12:00 (Slow)
10:00 (Moderate)
9:00 (Fast)



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A great run starting with a large climb up Kapakapanui with moss covered trees and great views. The track from Kapakapanui to Maymorn Junction has a number of fallen trees to be navigated. Once at the Maymorn Junction you will hit the old 4WD track which is Waiotauru Track - follow this to Otaki Forks passing the beaten up Waiotauru Hut. Once at Otaki Forks take the fence line track into Pukeatua Track to Manganoe South then follow the road back to the start.

NB The Waiotauru track does have a large slip near the Otaki forks end which does need to navigated around. There is some number 8 wire you can use to hold onto to walk along the edge of the slip. Extra care needs to be taken.

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Features of interest

Some nice old forestry machinery. Some great views from the top of Kapakapanui. 

Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 0%

Technical Single Track: 5%

Moderate Single Track: 65%

Easy Single Track: 10%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 10%

Sealed Road: 10%

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  • Access

    From Waikanae, follow Reikorangi Road and turn into Ngatiawa Road then follow the road till end.

    Limited parking at the end of the road, some off road parking on the grass.

    9 km

    12 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Follow the orange triangles on the single track. There is no triangles to follow once you hit Waiotauru track to Otaki Forks.

    Very patchy.

    Waterproof leggings, Thermal leggings, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Windproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Cellphone, Compass, Map, Headtorch and spare batteries.

    There is the river to fill up water on or the only two places are Kapakapanui Hut or the camp ground at Otaki Forks.

    Very muddy after rain and there is a couple of river crossing so need to ensure that there has been no rain in the last couple of days before taking on this run.

    River crossing required so do not attempt if the river is swollen.

  • Post run indulgence

    Tuatara Brewery
    Sheffield Street Paraparaumu Beach
    Great craft beer after a hard day in the hills.

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