Last Updated: 4th Mar 2024

Intermediate - Experienced

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East Whakanui loop

Last Updated: 4th Mar 2024

Intermediate - Experienced

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Grunt Factor: 66 ?

Gnarl Factor: 92 ?








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Type of Run

Back country - remote


Very hilly

Native bush

Run Makeup


Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +19.7%

Average Downhill Gradient: -19.6%


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Estimated Times to Run







At the junctions on the first climb take the left options, following orange triangles on the Whakanui track and blue triangles once on the East Whakanui track.

Follow the East Whakanui track down to the river and cross the side stream and follow the Whakanui track straight back up to the top.

Take the left options at the junctions until you're back on your route from earlier. Go straight through at the Mckerrow track junction and follow your footprints back down to the carpark.

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3 km

5 minutes




Very patchy.

Waterproof leggings, Thermal leggings, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof 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

Usually water in the Orongorongo river is safe to drink, but this isn't recommended after long dry spells or heavy rain.

Can get quite muddy after sustained rain.

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Kelly Davenport

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Trail Reviews

First time I've done the loop and it won't be the last! Definitely technical in places and some lung busting hills but it's beautiful, varied, and would have some good views on a nice day (which unfortunately was not my day). Had the loop to myself

Aimee Francois

March 3

Love it! Great wet weather option if you don’t mind mud, but finally ran it on a sunny day and it’s even better - views to Mt Matthews and even across to the Kaikōuras. Look out for the huge rata too.

Katie Smith

January 12, 2023

Great loop. I've always gone other way round... Down Whakanui & Up East Whakanui

Billie Marshall

December 27, 2022

Beautiful loop. The East track has some gorgeous stretches of goblin forest. The tracks can be muddy but wasn’t too bad today.

Joe Benbow

September 16, 2022

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