Tamahunga to Pakiri BeachBeginner - Intermediate
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Beginner - Intermediate
You start at a nice spacious carpark with both DOC and Te Araroa signs to check out. Then its about 500m up through private farmland, you need to stay on the trail and try not to spook any farm animals that may be around, as this is a working farm and access to the trail is dependent on permission. Once you reach the bush the trail is clear, but anything but easy. Plenty of tree roots (see pictures) and mud, even after reasonably fine weather, makes it a good testing climb. Just follow the ubiquitous orange triangles. Near the top you will see a sign, ignore the trail to the left and carry on up to the top. The top is signified by a grassy area with a clearing to the right with great views over Leigh and the coast. There is a good size platform as well, not sure what was there originally though.
From the top you can continue all the way to Pakiri Beach on the Te Araroa Trail. It was extremely technical, overgrown, clay and gorse filled. Then to finish you off, a few kilometres of gravel out to the beach.
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Features of interest
This is part of the Te Araroa Trail.
Make Up of Run
Technical Single Track: 65%
Moderate Single Track: 15%
Gravel Road: 20%
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
The start is about one kilometre up Omaha Valley Rd from the Leigh Rd end.
There is a good off-road carpark with warnings not to leave valuables in your car.
Once you climb the fence from the Tamahunga forest, you want to head left and follow the clay farm track. Many stiles to climb over. Generally veer left, but it's a good idea to have some kind of navigation with you.
After exiting the Tamahunga forest, the orange markers stop for a while. Rather handy if you have some GPS mapping with you.
Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
After rain, you're going to get wet from running through the long grass and overgrown path. Not just a little wet, soaking.
Tree roots. Tree roots everywhere. Gorse. Slippery rocks. It's fun.
Post run indulgence
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