Last Updated: 20th May 2024

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Swallow's loop

Last Updated: 20th May 2024

Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 40 ?

Gnarl Factor: 20 ?

23.8km

1975m

1975m

495m

  

  

  

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Trail Map

Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Combo

Very hilly

Dog Friendly

Coastal

Other

Run Makeup

90%
10%

Farm Road / 4WD Track

Moderate Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +16.7%

Average Downhill Gradient: -16.7%

Trailhead

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Estimated Times to Run

6:00

Slow

4:30

Moderate

3

Fast

Head halfway up the tip track and cross spooky gully before heading up the red rocks track to the radar dome. From there follow the road for a couple of hundred metres before dropping down the Radome track and climbing the other side to rejoin the red rocks track.

Follow this down to the coast before finding the bunker track behind the Bach to the west. Follow this trail until the next junction before heading down into the Waipapa loop, which is run anticlockwise.

After that, it's back up to the ridgeline and along to the radar dome and down the tip track to the finish.

This trail includes the peaks Hawkins Hill and Te Kopahou.

Te Kopahou Visitor Centre and 44 Jefferson Street, Brooklyn.

5 km

12 minutes

Yes

No

Moderate.

Patchy.

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

A couple of stream crossings, bring means to treat water if intending to rely on these.

Can be very exposed on the ridge, and is often subject to the brunt of Wellington's wind.

Trail Legend

GP

Grant Pritchard

has completed Swallow's loop twice in the last year.

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Trail Reviews

Steep hills and amazing views. The track is very exposed so you need to make sure you are well prepared. Probably one too many hills loops for me. I would run it in the direction shown on the map as there is a very steep section coming out of red rocks beach that would be much easier going up than down!

Aimee Francois

March 18

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