Harataonga Coastal WalkwayBeginner - Intermediate
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Back country - remote
Point to Point (one way)
Undulating, small hills only
Beginner - Intermediate
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The track is very well marked and easy to follow. There are DOC signs at each end of the track. The track is mostly gravel, forest floor or grassy terrain. There is a couple of small sections where the clay track can be slippery and clingy when wet.
Features of interest
The track has great views of the coastline and nearby Rakitu Island.
Make Up of Run
Moderate Single Track: 10%
Easy Single Track: 90%
The track starts at either the Harataonga Camping Area (DOC campsite) or alternatively at the opposite end on the Aotea Road towards Okiwi. Both ends are well signposted.
There is great and ample parking at the Harataonga Camping Area.Turn off the main road (Aotea Road) onto Harataonga Road which is a rough gravel road (suitable for a car) leading you to the camping area. The alternative end of the track is on the Aotea Road which has limited roadside parking.
Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
Water is available at the Harataonga Camping Area, however it is recommended to boil it first. Toilets are also available at the campsite.
Small slippery and clingy clay track section. Also being a coastal track a cold wind may be an issue in the cooler months.
The track is also open for mountain biking.
Post run indulgence
A freezer full of ice cream and nice cold drinks!
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