Mountain Dog Challenge Wellington Info Page

Wellington Mountain Dog Challenge

Hey you Capital Canine! Ready for some adventure with your human and to climb 10 mountain tracks in the Greater Wellington area?

Some are easy, some are hard and there are interesting things to see as well. Some you need to reach the summit, others you just need to make the high point or the ridge. There is no time limit in how long you have to do them (Badger, Coda and I are still working our way through the list, and with winter approaching it may be a while off until we finish it!).

How it works….

-Climb to the summit or ridge with your dog.

-Take a photo or video and post to your facebook and instagram accounts. Tag the shop @furtherfasternz so we can share the love.

-You can also share with the Adventure Folk (and Dogs) facebook group page.  

-Use the hashtags #furtherfasternz #mountaindogchallenge

-When you have completed the 10 official tracks give us a holla and we will make sure your Dog gets their exclusive FurtherFaster Mountain Dog Challenge Bandana! Its free, they earnt it!


This is the Wellington Edition... 

- Mt Victoria Loop and Mt Victoria and Mt Alfred and Mt Albert Summits... Details here.  

- Powell Hutt and Mt Holdsworth track (5-8hrs return) Details here.

- Kaitoke Ridge Track, highest point 485m (6hrs return) Details here.

- Whakanui Track, High point 711m (7ish hours return) Details for Whakanui track here.   Dog Access here and controlling dogs info here.

- Cattle Ridge Track (2-4hr return) Details here.

- Butcher Track (3-5hrs return) Details here.

- Kapakapanui Loop Including Summit of Kapakapanui (6-8hrs) Details here.

- Te Au Track (3-4hrs) Details here.

- Mt Kaukau (3-4hrs) Details here. and here

- Otari-Skyline Loop (3-4hrs) Details here.

 And if you're travelling round the country, make sure check out the Canterbury and Otago editions of the Mountain Dog Challenge!

Other Useful Links:

Controlling Dogs in Greater Wellington Area

Dog Access           


The Rules

-All these peaks are Dog Friendly at time of writing (February 2019), however if you find that this has changed please let me know and respect the current guidelines.

-There may be livestock at places, make sure you follow the famers and DOC rules and use a leash at all times when required.

-Mother nature can be a total cow, so if something happens that may put you in danger, turn around and stay safe. Take a photo where/if you can and we can pretty much take that as proof of a good effort (which is good enough for us!)

-You do this at your own risk, you will need experience and the right gear. If you are unsure stay safe and build up. There is plenty of time to get it done.

-Your dog will need to be fit and old enough to do some of these peaks. Chat to your vet if you are unsure.

-You can find details about these hikes on the DOC website, some on our blog and other places. It is up to you to be responsible for your navigation skills and confidence in using them. can be a good place to learn these skills or better yet, take a friend who knows what they are doing.

-If you decide to head up a peak with another group member, we recommend that you meet for a dog date first to make sure the dogs (and humans) get on. Have fun, the most important part!

Get out there, see some of our amazing country and even meet some more adventure folk. 📸 ⛰️

Thank you so much for being a part of this, for respecting the values of our community and helping Adventure Folk be a rad place to be!


Julz, Badger, Emma and Coda (who designed this Challenge!)

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"A photo to get you all inspired. Kapakapanui trig and the goblin forest in the way up. There are amazing views if you are lucky enough to get a clear day." Emma and Coda.