Only One Hill! Karekare Half MarathonBeginner
Submitted by Mark Craig
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Front country - easily accessible
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Starting at the Karekare car park, head straight out to the beach - at the waterline turn left and get ready for 10km of sand all the way to Whatipu. If you start at the right time you will be treated to the most spectacular sunrise.
Once at Whatipu, go left at the camp to the well signposted Gibbons track - this is the one hill! It is about 4km long, at the top you'll be directed onto Muir track which drops into the Pararaha Valley.
The track then takes you out to Karekare beach again - follow the Hillary Trail markers heading right to Tunnel Point, this track will take you back to the car park.
Features of interest
Kauri logging remains at Tunnel point. Whatipu Scientific Reserve.
Make Up of Run
Untracked / Route only: 50%
Easy Single Track: 50%
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
Karekare Beach Carpark.
Short-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
Water at Karekare, Whatipu, Pararaha Valley, Tunnel Point. All rain or river water.
It can get very wild on the beach with the wind and it can be extremely hot in summer.
Post run indulgence
Piha Bowling Club
Cheap Beer, best chips in Piha - only a 10 minute drive from the finish point.
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