Wrights Hill, Wellington, New Zealand


This 4wd track follows the predator-proof fence around the Karori Bird Sanctuary. The bird sanctuary covers a large valley and the adjoining flanks of Wrights Hill and Polhill, so the track includes two good climbs if done as a loop (to complete the loop add S Bend and Scout Hall).




Bike and Foot


From George Denton Park go through the metal gate and follow the track up. Very soon you will meet the bird sanctuary fence. You can follow the fence in either direction, however heading up (left) from here is the most popular way to go.

The 4wd track continues up in short steep rises up to the wind turbine. From here the gradient is generally more rolling until you reach the highest point, also known as the tapu sign. The views east from here are excellent.

After a short descent you will pass a gap in the regular fence on your left - this is the last exit if you wish to go up towards Hawkins Hill. From here the track traverses for about 300 metres before diving down to the area that used to be known as 'The Glade', which is the lowest point at the southwest end. Beware of this descent if wet as the gradient increases going down culminating in a rutty clay section before levelling off again.

From The Glade you can access Wrights Hill. To continue around the Fenceline keep the fence on your right and head up. The track climbs for about 500 metres before levelling off again. Just past a transmission tower there is an intersection on your left that will take you to the Wrights Hill parade ground.

Fenceline continues for another 0.6km before it meets the Scout Hall track. You can go down the steep hill beside the fence but it is extremely steep with loose gravel and rocks, beware. It is easier to go down Scout Hall and then rejoin Fenceline at the bottom - possibly via Croydon.

For walking tracks inside Karori Sanctuary, check out Karori Reservoir, Valley View, Sanctuary Fenceline.

Getting there

There are many places to access this track. The most popular would be via the Roller Coaster from George Denton Park at the end of Highbury Road in Highbury.

Another popular access is from the Parade Ground at the top of Wrights Hill. From the sealed access road, go around the metal pole gate on to a gravel 4wd road. Take the next right over another metal pole gate. After about 500m you will come to a large grassy area, this is the Parade Ground. Head east towards the wind turbine, and when you meet the predator-proof fence turn right.

Other notes

This track is popular with walkers/runners and their dogs. Also after a good storm the fence is checked by the bird sanctuary people, so watch out for vehicles. I have also met horses, trail bikers and the odd stray livestock on this track.

The Meridian Gutbuster running race is held on this track each year – the sponsorship connection being that the track goes past Meridian Energy's Brooklyn wind turbine.





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30 Oct 2010 by ledzep

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