Tip Track Marathon

There is a track that almost every Wellington trail runner knows jokes about and dreads. It’s called the Tip Track. It goes up for about 3.5 kilometers on an unrelenting gradient from Owhiro Bay up to the Hawkins Hill Radar Dome. The area is part of Te Kopahou reserve. The Tip Track gets its name from Wellington’s southern landfill site as the track passes the area. Regardless of where the wind is blowing, there is no escaping the stench of the ‘Tip’. So why on earth would anyone want to traverse this track up and down six times? We are about to find out from the founder of the Tip Track Marathon, local trail running connoisseur Brad Coleman.

New route: Jumbo-Holdsworth Circuit

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!