Mount Lowry


Mount Lowry (Main Ridge Track)


Wainuiomata, Wellington, New Zealand


A gnarly, root-infested climb from the Wainuiomata saddle to the summit of Mount Lowry.




Bike and Foot


Following a ridge from the Wainuiomata saddle to the summit of Mount Lowry, this is a difficult climb through classic bush-covered hills. Much of the track is narrow and twisting, with a surface consisting of root-infested leaf detritus.

The initial short, sharp climb is followed by rolling hills for about 1km. Then the real work begins - an altitude gain of 135m over a distance of 0.9km, at an average grade of 15%, made all the more difficult by the uneven track surface. There are a few steps and several sections where there would be steps if not for the tree roots.

The climbing effort is worthwhile, though, with a great technical descent either returning the same way or continuing on to Rata Ridge.

There is a lookout near the start of the track, plus several other lookouts along the way, providing spectacular views over Wellington harbour and the Wainuiomata valley.

Getting there

The track starts on the western side of the Wainuiomata Road saddle, opposite the start of the ECNZ pylon road (100m along the sealed road towards Wainuiomata).

Other notes

Most of the tracks that descend from this track into either Eastbourne or Wainuiomata are closed to mountain bikes.




Single track

Last modified

5 Sep 2010 by ledzep

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