Hobson Hoedown Beginner - Intermediate
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Front country - easily accessible
Out and Back
Undulating, some big hills
Native bushOpen ridges/tops
Beginner - Intermediate
Really well maintained track. Foot cleaning for Kauri in back in force.
See DoC brochure here
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Well maintained and well marked DOC trail - hard to wander off the trail! Follow Hot springs track onto Peach Tree Track, onward to Mount Heale Hut and upward to top of Mount Hobson. LOTS of steps to the summit from about 1km after Mount Heale Hut. Return the way you came.
Features of interest
Part of the 25Km Aotea Track loop. Hot springs (I stuck my feet in for a rest on the way back!) A few old Kauri logging relics. Beautiful view from Mt Heale Hut
Make Up of Run
Moderate Single Track: 20%
Easy Single Track: 80%
The following trails overlap with this run to some degree. You may wish to combine them but please note that to qualify for FKTs on these runs you should record a separate Strava activity for each
Start at the Kaitoke Hot Springs track on Whangaparapara road (~8km from Claris). The track then follows a well marked DOC trail.
Parking at trailhead is free. Space for maybe 8 cars. No public transport. Can pay for car transfers but these are very expensive - $80 from Medlands campground to start of the trail... Maybe best to just thumb a lift!
Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
Water Available at the Doc Hut Mount Heale - may need to boil or take water purification tablets
Boardwalks over wet areas so even with a lot of rain this track could still be manageable. Maybe slippy in exposed areas about 2km from Mount Heale Hut
1 x Stream crossing - may swell after rainfall
Post run indulgence
My Fat Puku
Hector Sanderson Road, Claris
Great Coffee and cake!
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