We can’t wait to introduce you to the Rimutaka Forest Park and the Orongorongos. This DOC area is absolutely pristine, with incredible native bush tracks and fantastic ridgeline views back across Wellington harbour. You will not forget this run, ever! This area is the home spiritual home of XTERRA Wellington Trail Running, with the first ever event being held here back in 2008. Come and find out why it was our choice of venues to start XTERRA Trail running.
How to enter the Xterra Wellington - Event Two
- Run 20km
- Run 12km
- Run 7km
Xterra Wellington - Event Two routes
About 20km – 1.45 hours to 3 hours. Great Views on the Ridgeline, great bush in the valleys. Bit of a warm up then into a big climb, then all down hill from there. Climb is on 4WD Tracks, almost everything else in the bush. Could be cold on the ridgelines, come prepared. Probably quite a fast run if your fit, keep your sense of humour and enjoy it if your not. Start in the Catchpool Loop carpark and head into the Orongorongo Track. Take a left onto the Five Mile Loop Track and follow onto the Nature Trail. Pop out of the Nature Trail onto the road and turn right and follow road to the Park Gates. Exit the gate and turn left, cross the bridge (keep off the road) and turn left again onto the 4WD Track. Stay on the 4WD track for the climb and follow markers to connect with Butchers Track and Cattle Ridge. Follow Cattle Ridge all the way down until it hits The Orongorongo Track. Take a left and head back to the carpark. The descent on the last km of Cattle Ridge is a little technical so take care at this point.
About 12km – 1.10 hours to 1.40 – Some technical running and some easy running with one significant climb at the start of your run. Great Views on the Ridgeline, great bush in the valley. Start in the Catchpool Loop carpark and head into the Orongorongo Track. Take a right onto Butchers Track and climb up to the ridgeline. Turn left onto Cattle Ridge track and follow all the way down until it hits The Orongorongo Track. Take a left and head back to the carpark. The descent on the last km of Cattle Ridge is a little technical so take care at this point.
About 7km – 35 to 50 minutes – Mostly flat easy running with one climb up to 5 Mile Loop, and a few lumps around the Nature Trail. Start at the Catchpool Loop carpark and run into the Orongorongo Track. A couple of km in take a left onto Five Mile Loop and follow around until in connects with the Nature Trail. Follow Nature trail through the bush until it pops out onto the road. Turn left and follow the road for about 100m then take a left and cross the stream. Back through the campground to the finish.
Xterra Wellington - Event Two weather forecast
Partly cloudy throughout the day.
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