Gentle Annie Track

Image: Leon Berard | Creative Commons


One of the most popular day trips in the park is the climb to Mountain House Shelter along the easy grade of the Gentle Annie Track.

Track overview

Rocky Outlook. return via same track

Walking and tramping

3 hr 30 min - 4 hr return Easy: Walking track

Dog access

Dogs allowed. Keep dog under control at all times.

About this track


Rocky Lookout.
Silver beech forest on Gentle Annie Track
Image: Ryan De Dominicis | Creative Commons

The track continues past the Rocky Lookout, to reach the junction with the Totara Creek Track (leading to Totara Flats) after 1.5 hours from the Holdsworth carpark.

Twenty minutes later, after crossing the boardwalks through the heathland of Pig Flat, Mountain House Shelter is reached, nestled among silver beech.

The Rocky Lookout on the Gentle Annie Track provides a panoramic view of Mount Holdsworth and the upper Atiwhakatu Valley.

Powell and Jumbo huts, the most popular in the park, can be seen from here.

You can turn off the Gentle Annie Track onto the Donnelly Flat Loop Track to enjoy an interesting round trip with a range of forest walking.

Getting there

Turn off SH2 on to Norfolk Road, 2 km south of Masterton. This leads to Mount Holdsworth Road. Holdsworth is 15 km from SH2.

The Gentle Annie Track is the entry/exit track for the Holdsworth - Kaitoke Track.


Kapiti Wellington Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 4 384 7770
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   18 - 32 Manners Street
Postal Address:   PO Box 10420
The Terrace
Wellington 6143
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