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Renata Ridge - Kaitoke, Wellington

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Renata Ridge - KaitokeIntermediate - Experienced

Submitted by Sam Yeoman

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Back country - remote

Point to Point (one way)


Native bush
Open tussock/grasslands
Open ridges/tops

Intermediate - Experienced

Not Suitable (Slow)
12:00 (Moderate)
9:00 (Fast)



Track can be extremely muddy in parts.

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The run starts up the Waiotauru Road which is a 4WD drive that goes into the old Waiotauru hut, which is further down the track and not part of this run. From the start follow the 4WD road for approx 9.8km which should bring you to Maymorn Junction. Once there to your east there is a marked track (look for orange triangles to mark the start of the track Note: there is no sign post). Follow this track to Renata Hut to Elder Hut then onto Aston. From Aston take the track to Alpha then onto the Kaitoke road end.

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Features of interest

Great views from the tops of Renata Ridge

Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 0%

Technical Single Track: 30%

Moderate Single Track: 30%

Easy Single Track: 20%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 20%

Gravel Road: 0%

Sealed Road: 0%

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Length: 27.00km


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  • Access

    Start at the summit of the Akatarawa road summit. Cross the road and take the Waiotauru 4WD road.

    There is parking area at the top of Akatarawa road summit.

    18 km

    25 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Keep a good eye on the Orange triangles. Key turn off to look out for is the Maymorn Junction onto Renata Ridge Track

    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, Gaiters.

    Water can be sourced at Renata, Elder and Alpha huts

    Track can be very muddy after rain. Being the Tararuas is prone to changing weather so full gear should be taken any time of the year.

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