Suspension Bridge Track Beginner
Submitted by Lydia Handsfield
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This run can be anywhere from 4km to 20+km depending on which loops you want to tack on to it. If you just do the Suspension Bridge Loop, it's about 4km. If you add in Wairoa Loop Track (leaves from the same parking lot), that is another 6.2km. If you peel off the Suspension Bridge Track, you can jump on the Wairao-Cossey Track and head all the way over to the Cossey-Massey Loop, which is an 8.3km loop - but I'm not sure the distance between the two loops as I did not have time to go over - maybe someone else can add this information please?
Features of interest
A few cheeky peeks of nice views through openings in the bush.
Make Up of Run
Moderate Single Track: 60%
Gravel Road: 40%
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
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When going up Moumoukai Road, take the first road to the left, it goes down the hill to the left a little bit. Kind of easy to miss because it shows up suddenly and the main road keeps going up.
There is a carpark down a little hill on the Wairoa Reservoir Access Road (off Moumoukai Road).
Make navigation of this route super-easy by using the Capra app on your phone. View on Capra .
Each intersection is very well labeled, just know which trails you want to go on before you set off!
Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
Did not see any drinking water.
The main loop track is well maintained, but the Wairoa Cossey Track gets really muddy in the winter/rain.
Parts of the track can be closed due to pest control at various times throughout the year, best to check the Auckland Regional Parks website. Dogs are not allowed during lambing season.
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