Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

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Renata Ridge - Kaitoke

Waikanae, Wellington

Submitted by Sam Yeoman

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

Intermediate - Experienced

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Grunt Factor: 85 ?

Gnarl Factor: 46 ?








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Type of Run

Back country - remote

Point to Point (one way)


Dog Friendly

Native bush

Open tussock/grasslands

Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup


Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +12.4%

Average Downhill Gradient: -11.6%


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Estimated Times to Run

Not suitable






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.

This trail includes the peaks Alpha and Omega.

Great views from the tops of Renata Ridge

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

18 km

25 minutes




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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