Goldies GoodnessBeginner - Intermediate
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Front country - easily accessible
Undulating, small hills only
Beginner - Intermediate
Closed from 4th Dec 2020 until further notice due to more kauri dieback work.
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Spray your shoes and head downhill for just over a km to the Mokoroa Stream (turn right just before the swingbridge to get to the stream bed). From here you get a short loop but be warned the creek bed section of this loop is very technical, so expect this to be one of the longest 2-3km time wise in your life. It's basically a sort of track, sort of route up the Mokoroa Stream and a great route it is.
Admire many small cascades, a fantastic swimming hole and an all round gorgeous spot. Be warned - after or during heavy rain this creek can rise rapidly and whilst it has been done DOC don't recommend being here in these conditions (think water down the neck of your jacket type events happening - from personal dumb experience).
You'll meander your way in and out of the stream and the small pieces of technical track to eventually get to the Mokoroa Falls. A spot where you can't go any further (take another pic or two) and spin back round and head downstream 200-300m keeping your eyes peeled for a track and set of stairs on your left (looking downstream). Take these up to the top and a short track left 100m or so takes you to the lookout over the falls. Again picture time.
Turn around and head up this track avoiding any small inviting looking little detours left and right - head up the main track climbing to the signposted intersection where you take a right turn. This well groomed gravel track heads back down to the swingbridge you almost crossed earlier. Cross this and enjoy the 1.2km climb back to Constable Rd.
Features of interest
This adventure run has it all, well formed single track, beautiful bush and a route that follows in and out of the stream bed.
Can be added to the Te Henga Trail for distance and more hills.
Make Up of Run
Untracked / Route only: 20%
Moderate Single Track: 20%
Easy Single Track: 60%
Constable Road near Muriwai
Parking at small car park, safe, no public transport to trail head.
Make navigation of this route super-easy by using the Capra app on your phone. View on Capra .
Once in the stream bed section if you lose the track of feel you're off course you can always head back into the stream bed and follow the direction of the stream. There's so many crossings you'll end up finding the track again
Thermal leggings, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Cellphone.
You're in a stream for half the run so there's plenty around if you get desperate.
The DOC sign says don't head in here after or during heavy rain. Ignore this at your peril - the stream gets very full.
Slippery rocks in the stream bed.
Post run indulgence
There's not a lot round - take your own cold beer
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