Last Updated: 20th May 2024

Beginner - Intermediate

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Wellington, Wellington

Submitted by Joe Benbow

Last Updated: 20th May 2024

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 10 ?

Gnarl Factor: 29 ?








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Type of Run

Urban fringe


Undulating, small hills only

Native bush

Open tussock/grasslands

Run Makeup


Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +11.5%

Average Downhill Gradient: -11.4%


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From the car park, take the left hand track and take the left turn to Deliverance a short way in. The first half of this track is steep, rooty and rocky and can be wet even after dry weather. One for those who enjoy a bit of technical! It then flattens out to several small stream crossings (which you can usually cross without getting wet feet).

When the track finishes at Fitzgerald Place, turn right and head up Salvation. This has recently been graded and despite being all uphill, is very smooth and runnable. You’ll come to a turnoff to Woodhouse Ave on the left. Ignore this and turn right, following the sign to Wrights Hill Lookout. As the hill flattens out you’ll pass another turnoff to the left to Lansdowne Track which you can ignore. A bit more climb then you’ll come out back at the car park where you started.

By now you’ll be nicely warmed up, so resist the temptation to end there and cross the road, picking up John’s track (signposted Wright’s Hill Lookout). At the next intersection, don’t turn right (Wrights Hill lookout), but carry on straight (towards lower car park and Karori sanctuary), then repeat at the next intersection. You’ll shortly come to the Lookout Walkway.

Turn right here following sign to Karori Sanctuary, left at the next (Karori Sanctuary), then straight on at the unmarked post when you should see the Sanctuary fenceline. Turn right and follow the track keeping the fence to your left until you get to the road on the right heading to “The parade ground / Wrights Hill”.

A short way up this road, turn off to the track on the right – Gun Emplacement 3 Track, and follow this up until it opens up on the sealed road which takes you on the right to the Wrights Hill Lookout. Stop here and soak up the spectacular views across Wellington and check out the WWII gun emplacements. Head to the far side of the fortress (underground bunker) to the sealed path and follow its winding path down (or take the shortcut stairs) to rejoin John’s track.

Turn left at the first intersection then it’s just a leisurely return back down John’s track to the finish.

Keep an eyes out and ears open out for mountain bikes - on Salvation in particular!

This trail includes the peak Wrights Hill.

Wrights Hill Reserve borders Zealandia, so you are likely to see and hear plenty of native birds e.g. tui, kaka, kereru and piwakawaka. At the top of Wrights Hill you can also explore the WWII fortress and gun emplacements.

There is a toilet at the main carpark for the Mountain Bike Park and at Ben Burn Park, on Campbell Street.

Large car park with plenty of parking available and signage of the reserve. If catching a bus, take the 21 Karori (Wrights Hill) bus to the top of Campbell St, then walk 10 minutes (steeply) up Wrights Hill Road to the car park.

7 km

14 minutes




There are large reserve maps at the start and at the bottom of Deliverance (Fitzgerald Place). There are lots of track intersections along the route but they are all well marked.

Generally good.

Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map

There are no safe drinking water sources anywhere on this route so make sure you carry enough with you

The Deliverance track is steep, rocky and slippery in places so wear grippy shoes and proceed with caution

Keep an eyes out and ears open out for mountain bikes - on Salvation in particular!

Although it is recommended for bikes to go up Salvation and down Deliverance, people generally treat Salvation as two-way so you are likely to encounter walkers coming the other way.

At the very end of the run, take care exiting John's track and crossing the road as it's on a blind corner.

One Fat Bird
162 Karori Road
Good selection of local and international craft beers and decent food

The Pickle Jar
5 Parkvale Road, Karori
Great burgers and pizza

Gipps St Deli
4 Gipps St, Karori
Great coffee

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Trail Reviews

great fun. starts super technical and quite slippery on the stones, even when dry, but quickly becomes very runable. fun loop.

ross anderson

January 31

Wonderful run! Don't do Delicerance in the dark with a freshly rolled ankle tho... thanks Joe sweet trails! I got 320 vert

Tony Sharpe

July 21, 2023

Loved Johns Track and Salvation but Deliverance was a challenge - slipped over a few times! Took the dog but kept him on a short lead and listened out for bikes. Great views!

Richele McKenzie

May 28, 2020

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