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Wild Turkey & Omanawanui, Auckland

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Wild Turkey & OmanawanuiBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Mark Colthart

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Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, some big hills

Native bush
Open ridges/tops

Beginner - Intermediate

4:30 (Slow)
3:30 (Moderate)
2:30 (Fast)



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This run takes you on a loop starting from Whatipu and following the Hillary Trail along the Gibbons and Muir tracks down into the historic Pararaha Valley. Turn left at the Pararaha Shelter and head down the valley towards the coast. The loop then takes you on a steep climb up Buck Taylor Track (a right hand turn), then right down the Odlins Timber Track to cross the Pararaha stream near its headwater, followed by a long steady climb of about 5km up to Karamataura Forks.

From there you head back down towards Whatipu taking in Puriri Ridge, and great views down the valley to Whatipu, and then a left turn (where the original Wild Turkey loop heads down Kura) towards Omanawanui. You follow the Omanawanui Track along the coastal cliff tops back down a steep decent into the Whatipu Carpark.

IMPORTANT: Please ensure you use all of the Council provided Kauri Dieback shoe wash stations you come across on the trail. Scrub then spray.
Please clean your shoes before running and after you are finished. We are all responsible for helping minimize the spread of this nasty disease.

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Features of interest

Parahaha Valley and Omanawanui Track are both stunning.

Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 65%

Moderate Single Track: 20%

Easy Single Track: 15%

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  • Access

    Start at the Omanawanui Track Carpark at Whatipu

    Ample carparking at Whatipu

    9 km

    20 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Well signposted, just keep an eye on the map if you're new to the area.

    Very patchy.

    Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Cellphone, Map.

    There is water at the start and finish at Whatipu. Taking water from the UPPER crossing of the Pararaha is generally safe too.

    Runnable all year round. Omanawanui is very exposed and can be very hot in mid-summer.

    Nothing out of the ordinary.

  • Post run indulgence

    Huia Store
    Great coffee, pies and icecreams.

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