Te Ahumata SummitBeginner - Intermediate
Submitted by Aaron and Allysia Kraakman
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Front country - easily accessible
Out and Back
Undulating, some big hills
Native bushOpen ridges/tops
Beginner - Intermediate
This route is fairly straight forward, beginning at the road, you take a gradual run up the mountain for 3km, at which point you come to an intersection, where you can run the trail over to Whangaparapa, or head up the left to the summit of Te Ahumata, where you can get views out towards Coromandel and over Kaitoke.
Occassionally depending on the winds, the planes fly right over the summit. The trail is well maintained and not very technical. However when you take the left turn to the summit, there are some deep gullies/crevices in the path cut through by water during winter months. I have run this trail in both summer and winter, and during winter, the clay can be pretty slippery. Very dry in the summer.
Features of interest
There is a disused mine on the mountain (silver and gold).
Make Up of Run
Moderate Single Track: 30%
Easy Single Track: 70%
Te Ahumata track has a DOC sign at the beginning of the trail, with half a dozen stairs to start.
There is space for 3 cars on the opposite side of the road to the beginning of the trail. There is no public transport. Could walk an extra 3km from the airport to get here. A lot of blind corners on the road surrounding the carpark, so need to travel 500m up the road to the next street (Moana View Road) to turn around.
At 3km into the run, you turn left to head up to the summit.
Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
No water on this trail
Very slippery from 3km for approx 500m en route to the summit during wet weather or winter seasons.
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