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Red Rocks Loop, Wellington

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Red Rocks LoopBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by James Goodwill

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Front country - easily accessible


Very hilly

Native bush
Open ridges/tops

Beginner - Intermediate

2:00 (Slow)
1:30 (Moderate)
1:15 (Fast)



Note: The route shown in green off the ridge down to the stream and beach is on MTB single track which is open and easy. The original track - the dotted black line shown on the topo - is also totally usable but has a bit of gorse and is a rougher and steeper trail.

There is a reroute sign just before the beach. If the original route changes due to weather and erosion please email us.

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Starting at the car park, head back to the road and then straight up (not along the coastal road) towards Brooklyn for just over 2Ks. Just before the landfill the Tip Track sign will be visible, head up here - it's straight up and brutal but worth it. There's 2 "left turn" trails before the one you want - you can't miss it, it's the only one that's a "cross roads" 3.3Ks into the Tip Track (around about the 6K mark). Turn left on this trail and follow it straight down to the top of the coast. Don't take the first left trail or you will end up back at the Tip Track. The single track will go on this ridgeline for about 3Ks of mainly downhill to another junction. Take the left trail to Red Rocks at this point and follow it all the way down to the coast with a couple of river crossings in the way. At the coast, head left to go back to the start on a 4x4 track along the beach. A slight diversion on turning right will take you to "Devil's Gate" (you can't miss it) and the seal colony - just don't get too close.

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Features of interest

Wind turbines and seal colonies.

Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 60%

Moderate Single Track: 10%

Easy Single Track: 10%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 10%

Sealed Road: 10%

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  • Access

    Te Kopahou Visitor Centre / Red Rocks Information Centre.

    Ample parking at the visitors centre.

    8 km

    17 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Make navigation of this route super-easy by using the Capra app on your phone. View on Capra .

    Two tracks going off the Tip Track - one will bring you back to your car via Owhio bay much sooner than anticipated through farmland and sheep; the other will drop you into "Spooky Gully" and makes for an excellent diversion if you're feeling up for the challenge - it's a harder ascent / descent than the Tip Track itself

    Perfect throughout.

    Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    At the Visitor's centre. Toilets, running water. Stream also near the beach

    Windy. Almost always windy.

    Some landslips. All of this is pretty much on a fault line also, which is why it's spectacular in part also - swings and roundabouts

  • Post run indulgence

    Beach House Cafe,
    Owhiro Bay - just round the coast a bit from the car park
    close by. Does food, coffee, beers etc, and on non-windy days has an excellent outdoor

    Spruce Goose
    Lyall Bay - further round the coast towards the airport
    close to the airport - good views over the coast and planes coming and going.

    Maranui cafe
    Lyall Bay
    Views over the beach, sea, airport, etc. good food also

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