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Aro Valley - Red Rocks Thigh Buster, Wellington

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Aro Valley - Red Rocks Thigh BusterIntermediate

Submitted by Corin Haines

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Urban fringe


Undulating, some big hills

Native bush
Plantation/exotic forest
Open ridges/tops


5:15 (Slow)
4:00 (Moderate)
2:40 (Fast)



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Pretty easy clear track the whole way. Climb from Polhill following the signs to the Wind Turbine, then onto the Barking Emu track just below the Turbine. Follow barking Emu until it meets the top of the Tip Track and carry on along the ridge following the signs to above Red Rocks.

Continue on the track (do not take the descent to Red Rocks) and follow it down into a the valley before turning left and climbing up sharply to loop back towards the Hawkins Radar Dome on the Te Kopahou track. It gets very steep here and is a demanding climb. Once at the top of the climb, you have some nice easy gravel road to get you to the Dome before heading back down to join the top of the Tip Track again an retrace your steps along Barking Emu and back down.

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Features of interest

Hawkins Hill Radar Dome

Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 5%

Moderate Single Track: 40%

Easy Single Track: 10%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 40%

Gravel Road: 5%

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  • Access

    Polhill Reserve, top of Aro St

    Easy street parking most of the time. Good street lighting.

    2 km

    8 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Generally good.

    Lightweight fleece top, Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    Once on the track NIL.

    The middle part of this trail is on the very exposed Southern coast. This means on a hot still day it is very hot with no shelter and on a day with strong weather from the South you are very exposed to the elements. Dress to the conditions and have a protective layer.

  • Post run indulgence

    Aro Cafe
    Aro Street
    Great coffee and food.

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