Te Rau Puriri Regional ParkBeginner
Submitted by Mike Tennent
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Back country - remote
Undulating, some big hills
Native bushCoastalOpen farmlandsOpen ridges/tops
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The first thing you will notice when you arrive is that the trails are all below you... so it's down on the way out (mostly) and up on the way back - yeehaa!!! To the left of the carpark is the map. You are taking the orange trail (the horse trail).
Start off following the orange and red poles heading left to do a clockwise loop. You will come onto a well formed farm road and you need to stay on that to the end. Once you pass the end you will see the poles ahead of you are just red... however to the left they are orange. This is the was we are going - the red is a boring easy farm track... the orange will warm you up!!! Eventually the orange and red tracks merge again, then about halfway up the return leg at the top of one wee climb you will see another orange only pole to the left, that's the way to go and follow it to the carpark.
Features of interest
Great views over the Kaipara Harbour
Make Up of Run
Untracked / Route only: 0%
Technical Single Track: 0%
Moderate Single Track: 70%
Easy Single Track: 0%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 30%
Gravel Road: 0%
Sealed Road: 0%
30km from Parakai there is a sign on the right hand side and the carpark entrance.
Plenty of parking and a loo
Make navigation of this route super-easy by using the Capra app on your phone. View on Capra .
Long-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
No drinkable water.
From the end of July until about November is lambing time. The good news is that these guys don't close the trails, the bad news is that they have animals in just about every paddock and (especially early in the season like today) when the lambs are young and there are quite a few who haven't dropped their lambs yet, then you need to walk quietly around the mums and not scare them.
Animals.... if you don't handle being around farm animals then don't go on this trail, as there are paddocks full of of sheep and cattle. That said, they all seem quite comfortable with humans and unlikely to give problems.
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