Submitted by Ian Gilmour
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Front country - easily accessible
Out and Back
Native bushPlantation/exotic forestCoastalOpen ridges/tops
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The track is well cut, not overgrown at all, and very easy to follow. It is fairly hilly, but nothing close to a 8-9 hour walk (as DoC sign says). Spot the wild pigs and odd stray cat along the way. Some views along the way but unfortunately no final view down to Needles Point unless you want to bush bash past the Tataweka summit where the track finishes.
Features of interest
Great trail. Old locked up hut and DOC trailer.
Make Up of Run
Technical Single Track: 20%
Moderate Single Track: 30%
Easy Single Track: 50%
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Te Paparahi DOC sign and small monument to Max Burrill's gift of Te Paparahi to the crown
A few parks across the road from trailhead - which you'll undoubtedly have to yourself
Follow the wide track, and don't go into the dense bush lining the trail. Pretty easy really.
Thermal leggings, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Cellphone, Map, Headtorch and spare batteries.
Best to bring your own water. There is a locked hut which has a tank but unsure if this is usable.
Would be fairly slippery in the wet
Post run indulgence
Best burgers ever!!
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