Riverhead BlastBeginner - Intermediate
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Front country - easily accessible
Undulating, some big hills
Native bushPlantation/exotic forest
Beginner - Intermediate
A fun, close-to-half-marathon course first mapped for Riverhead Rampage training purposes. This course features some good climbs and nearly 500m f vertical ascents, so it's good for beginner / intermediate runners. Most of this run is on forestry roads (including a lot on the aptly named Foresty Road). Use the map, and GPS is a good idea. Be aware, Forestry Rd discontinues and then rejoins several roads at several junctions. Again check the map before heading out.
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Make Up of Run
Moderate Single Track: 20%
Easy Single Track: 10%
Gravel Road: 60%
Sealed Road: 10%
Directly outside Riverhead School, on School Rd, Riverhead.
No public transport option that I could find. Plenty of on-street parking outside Riverhead School.
Make navigation of this route super-easy by using the Capra app on your phone. View on Capra .
The most challenging part for navigation is the loop through the bush after leaving Carters Rd. If you do get lost, Ararimu Valley Rd is approx. 1.5 km north of where you leave the main track, and Carters Rd loops around approx. 300m west. The rest of the course essentially follows established forestry roads.
Short-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Compass, Map.
None that I'm aware of, though there will likely be taps at Riverhead School (start/finish of course).
Can be very dry during summer months, and very slippery after heavy rain as the roads have clay beds. Due to the pine trees, it's not difficult to get under shelter, but be mindful if running during or after high winds
Riverhead is an active forest, so there may occasionally be vehicles on the roads.
Post run indulgence
1171 Coatesville-iverhead Highway
Some of the best beer in NZ, as well as exceptional food and coffee, and a kids play area. Can be a mission to get a group table, but well worth a try!
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