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Only the Kitekite Track is open at the moment - you can get to the top of the falls but Ussher Cross and Home track are closed, possibly permanently.
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From the car park follow the well-made and well-signposted track Kitekite Track towards the falls. Stay right at the couple of track junctions you pass and climb to the viewpoint over the falls where there is also an interesting information board about the kauri logging history of the area.
Continue on and drop down steps to the falls themselves - this is a great spot for a dip on a hot day. On the far side of the rocks pick up the track again and follow it to a boardwalked junction where you head right on Connect Track.
This takes you uphill to Ussher Cross and the very top of the falls (worth a quick scramble in the stream bed for a look) but the route continues without crossing the stream, becomes rather more technical and in about 1k reaches the junction with Home Track. Here you turn left and hurtle downhill on a steep, sometimes slippery trail back to the car park.
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Features of interest
Kitekite Falls are spectacular, especially when full after a descent rain.
Make Up of Run
Technical Single Track: 20%
Moderate Single Track: 20%
Easy Single Track: 60%
End of Glenesk Road, Piha.
Plenty of parking at road end and in car park next to toilet block. A popular spot with day walkers in summer so best to start early.
The trails and junctions are well marked.
Short-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
The water in the stream emptying out of the falls is drinkable.
Can be very muddy in winter or after heavy rain
Post run indulgence
Pizza and craft beer - 'nuff said?!
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