Last Updated: 20th May 2024


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Matairangi Loop

Wellington, Wellington

Submitted by Simone Michaux

Last Updated: 20th May 2024


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Grunt Factor: 7 ?

Gnarl Factor: 16 ?








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Type of Run

Urban fringe


Very hilly

Dog Friendly

Native bush

Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup


Sealed Road

Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +6.0%

Average Downhill Gradient: -5.9%


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Facing the map at the Majoribanks entrance to Charles Plimmer, take the left-most path. At the first T junction, take another left. At the next T junction, take a right and start following the purple signposts for the Lookout Walkway.

At the top of the stairs the purple and pink signposts coincide. From here follow the pink (Southern Walkway) when the pink and purple diverge again once the hill levels out.

The Southern Walkway comes out and follows along beside Alexandra Road for a while. There are a few branches along the way, but keep following the pink Southern Walkway signs up until the point that it crosses Alexandra Road. Ignore the crossing and continue parallel to Alexandra Road and down some steps.

When you come out onto a clear hillside, continue straight across and find the small path in the treeline that will take you down onto Mein Street. Take a right onto Coromandel Street and continue until you see the Vice Regal Park Playground. Cut through here and continue following that path until you come to another T junction. Take the right and start following the orange signposts for the Newton to Mount Victoria Walkway.

At the next T junction following the orange signposts to the right, uphill. At the top of this hill you'll hit a playing field you will have crossed earlier while following the pink signposts. Take the left fork here and continue following the orange signposts. This will bring you out to another familiar point.

Keep left and take the first path on the left which is the yellow Hataitai to City Walkway.

There'll be several branches along this path, but keep following the yellow signposts until you hit the small field in Charles Plimmer Park. Cut across this to the Majoribanks entrance and you're done!

Can do a few quick detours to see Lord of the Rings filming locations. Areas of native bush regeneration.

Toilets are located on Lookout Road, Mount Victoria and at the Waitangi Park play area.

There's a small carpark at the top of Majoribanks St. There's another bigger carpark slightly further down the park at the Pirie St playground, that's a couple of minutes walk from the start. Public transport stops nearby. Hawker St and Brougham St stops are a couple of minutes walk from the start.

1 km

5 minutes




There are several branches along this route, but the majority of them are clearly signposted with the relevant colours.

Perfect throughout.

Short-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map

There's a water fountain at the Mt Victoria lookout that's further along Alexandra Road when you first hit it. The route doesn't go directly past it, but it's only a couple of minutes out of the way.

Some gnarly downhills after rain.

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Trail Reviews

Amazing urban trails

ross anderson

February 3

Fun way to end the day w the ever changing views around Mt Vic and a couple of steep bits to keep the body warm. 😄 Easy to follow and always enjoyable having the birds serenading.

Ellan Young

September 8, 2022

Delightful little loop to start the day. The sun rising over the city, the birds and cicadas in full chorus, and some lovely runnable tracks I don’t normally run. Absolutely magic. Thanks Simone!

Joe Benbow

February 17, 2022

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