Tramper in the snow on the way up to the summit of Mount Holdsworth
Image: Brian Dobbie | ©



The classic Mt Holdsworth - Jumbo Circuit is a two to three day tramp involving a climb through beech-podocarp forest to some of the best alpine tops travel in the Tararua Forest Park.
  • One of the four classic tramps in the Tararuas. 
  • Reach the open tops of the Tararuas within a few hours walk from a road end. 
  • From the top of Mount Holdsworth savour 360 degree views of the greater Wellington region.

24 km loop

Seasonal restrictions

The annual Atiwhakatu Trailblazer mountain biking fun ride is held in January each year. The exact date will be advised closer to the time.

Dog access

Dogs allowed. Keep dog under control at all times. Other pets on conservation land rules.

Stay safe in the outdoors

  1. Choose the right trip for you. Learn about the route and make sure you have the skills for it.
  2. Understand the weather. Check weather forecasts
  3. Pack warm clothes and extra food. Check gear lists
  4. Share your plans and take ways to get help. Share directly or use the Outdoor Intentions form or Plan My Walk. Take a distress beacon. 
  5. Take care of yourself and each other.


Wellington/Kapiti information
Phone:   +64 3 546 9339
About:   Whakatū/Nelson Visitor Centre provides visitor information for this area
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