Massey Uni Totara Forest River LoopBeginner
Submitted by Jason Cordier
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The river can flood the track if there is sustained heavy rain.
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The loop can be run multiple times and is enjoyable. From the end of the top car park at Massey University follow the metal trail down to Bush Road. Cross the road and follow the footpath down Bush Rd until you reach a bridge at the bottom of the hill.
The entrance to the trail is across the road on the uphill side of the river. Be careful crossing the road as cars come flying down the hill. After following the trail along the river you will head up and over a hill. Once back down beside the river again you will come to a ford crossing over the river (three or four metre square concrete slabs crossing the river). Do not take that for this trail run. Rather, take the fork in the trail just before the ford heading up the hill (first time I missed this). Follow the trail along the river again here again until you exit the bush at a bridge. Turn right and follow the path up the hill, then forking right away from the road up a paved hill path. Follow the path into the back of Massey University, down a hill into the staff car park. Once on the Massey Road, head up the hill to the recreation centre to finish or repeat the loop.
Make Up of Run
Easy Single Track: 75%
Gravel Road: 1%
Sealed Road: 24%
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 starting point is the Massey University student car park (Gate 1) outside the recreation centre. Outside the rear entrance of the recreation centre start the run. Head to the end of the top car park to a gate and a metal road. Follow the metal road down to Bush Road.
Public transport is available to Massey University Albany. Free car parking is also available.
While you may lose you way, you can't get lost as taking a wrong turn will result in you landing back on a urban road again from which you can find your way back to Massey's east precinct. The only navigation issue is crossing the ford in error which will push you out into the very back of Massey's science campus.
River water (unadvisable) along the trail. Best place would be tap water before commencing the loop in the recreation centre's changing rooms.
Muddy after rain, prone to flooding after long sustained heavy rains/storms.
Post run indulgence
Scholars Cafe next to the Massey University Recreation Centre
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