Mount Holdsworth Jumbo Circuit

Walking time

12 hr




Walking/Running, Tramping/Hiking


Single track

Walking difficulty

Intermediate: Easier tramping track


1130m climb
-1130m descent
1456m highest point


Yes (on lead)

About the trail

Grab a group of friends and head out on a multi-day adventure through the Wellington region’s glorious untouched backyard.

The Jumbo Circuit is a two to three-day tramp through beech-podocarp forest to the top of the Tararua Ranges. From the top of Mount Holdsworth, enjoy 360-degree views over Wellington and the Wairarapa Plains.

What to expect

Cassidy Dawson-Tobich

The trail starts from the entrance to Tararua Forest Park on Mount Holdsworth Road. To get there, turn off State Highway 2 into Norfolk Road and follow the signs to Tararua Forest Park.

There are regular train services from Wellington to Masterton. Timetables are available from the Metlink website. However, you will need to drive or pre-book a taxi from Masterton to Tararua Forest Park.