Submitted by Andrew Scott
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Not Suitable (Novice)
Hunua is subject to Kauri Die-back precautions, Ie footwear etc must be cleaned and sprayed, stations are provided in the area.
Run from carpark up gravel rd for just over 4.5km, Take Rata Ridge Track on your right.
Follow up the hill over technical track, lots of tree roots, for about 1.5 km where it starts to descend again.
At 8 km mark, cross a stream and up a steep climb for about 2 km, where you can continue to follow the ridge up through some great single track, be aware some big fallen trees over the track.
11.5 km mark is a turn off, this is the way back down the Upper Mangatawhiri Track, but if you want to continue the 600m to the top, its well worth the view!
Note there is another turn off along here; Don't go Right down the Mangatangi Ridge track, continue Left to top Trig.
Return same way to Upper Mangatawhiri Track (600m down from top) and follow magic undulating single track for 4.5km where it will meet Ernies Track, turn left here and follow back down the Piggots Camp, Water is available here.
Return To carpark via remaining 5km of grassy gravel road.
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Features of interest
Upper Mangatawhiri Reservoir and Dam face. Native Bush, Native birds, 360 Views from Hunua Highest Point.
Make Up of Run
Technical Single Track: 65%
Gravel Road: 35%
From Car park at Upper Mangatawhiri Reservoir.
Parking and Public Toilets
Maybe 5 or 6 places with Trees fallen on the trail, mainly stick to the ridge and you don't need to go too far from the trail, like a few meters either side.
Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
There is a hut 20m past the top trig point with Tank water and shelter
All sheltered bush, if you are used to muddy Hunua trails this may be more pleasantly dry.
A few stream crossings may get wet feet after rain.
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