Te Ahumairangi RidgelineBeginner
Submitted by Richele McKenzie
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Undulating, small hills only
Native bushPlantation/exotic forestOpen ridges/tops
From the end of Puketiro Ave head up the steps, cross the grass and take the first little track on the left. Cut through the Stellin carpark and follow the track up the hill, going straight past the tank, until you get to the Te Ahumairangi Hill Lookout carpark. Just before the gate cross the driveway and head up the bush track to the left until you pop out at the Glamorgan Street playground. The Glamorgan Track entrance is just across the road.
Follow this (ignore the arrow pointing up the steps) until you get to a large sign pointing you back up onto the ridge. Great views from here! Follow the wide ridgeline track north until you get to the Weld Street carpark, cross the driveway and head down the grassy bank until you see a small clay track. This will take you down to the Northern Walkway entrance. Follow this then head up past the tennis courts.
Follow the steep track all the way up and back around to the carpark, then back up the Ridgeline Track, heading towards the transmitter/ building / trig. There are usually dog bowls here if you are running with a canine friend. Do a quick loop around more tanks, head down the road, loop right, back to the middle carpark, then follow the bush track back to the start. There are plenty of opportunities to add distance to your run (including coming up the hill from the city) once you get the hang of the area.
Features of interest
This trail starts at Stellin Memorial Park. The memorial lookout includes a plaque and an information panel about James Kingston Stellin. Stellin was a New Zealand Pilot Officer serving in the RAF who on 19 August 1944 gave his own life to save the inhabitants of a French village. See also the memorial to James Stellin in France. (nzhistory.govt.nz)
The second part is through old Telecom land - the old driveways and pathways are overgrown but still visible. The critically endangered freshwater snail species, Potamopyrgus oppidanus, is found only on Te Ahumairangi hill. The Ridgeline track from Te Ahumairangi Hill Lookout carpark to the Weld Street carpark is all an off lead dog exercise area.
Make Up of Run
Easy Single Track: 45%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 55%
The following trails overlap with this run to some degree. You may wish to combine them but please note that to qualify for FKTs on these runs you should record a separate Strava activity for each
Stellin Memorial Park. Starts at the end of Puketiro Ave, Northland as this is the safest place to park a car.
Roadside parking on Puketiro Ave. There is also a carpark just above this but it's not recommend as there have been issues. Trail can also be accessed from the Wadestown end, or from the Te Ahumairangi Hill Lookout carpark, further up Orangi Kaupapa Road.
Make navigation of this route super-easy by using the Capra app on your phone. View on Capra .
There are vague tracks crisscrossing the old Telecom site from Stellin. Keep going up and you should be fine.
Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
No water fountain available, although there is a tap at the building next to the transmitter. Closest public toilet is on the corner of Randwick Road and Northland Road.
As usual with Wellington, tracks can get slippery after rain. If the small clay track at the northern end is too slippery use the driveway down to Weld Street instead.
Can get very windy along the ridgeline.
Post run indulgence
The Mini Coffee Bar
Cnr of Curtis Street and Whitehead Road
Toma makes great coffee and there's plenty of outdoor space for sweaty runners.
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