Here’s another great summer day plan, this time from Dena. The Jumbo-Holdsworth Circuit is one of the most popular routes in te Tararua Ranges, and for a good reason. The 24 km loop takes you over a great variety of terrain and scenery, and is very doable as a day trip from Wellington. You’ll experience a beautiful flowing trail along a lush river valley; a technical, steep ascent (or descent, depending which way you decide to tackle the loop); some true alpine ridge-running with spectacular views; and a long, fast, fun descent down the very runnable Gentle Annie track. Make sure to pick a nice day to thoroughly enjoy your adventure!
The description of the route to the Mt Matthews summit is a real treat from Emma! This is an epic adventure you can look forward to and schedule for a nice summer day. The ascent to the biggest peak in the Rimutaka Range is no mean feat, so please plan your day out carefully and be mindful of carrying all the gear that can help you out in difficult situations.