Mt William Wacky WalkwayBeginner
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Front country - easily accessible
Out and Back
Undulating, some big hills
Native bushOpen farmlands
There are seasonal restrictions. The farmland section of the track (so no access to the trig) may be closed for lambing from 1 August to 1 October - check with the DOC office.
The route is mostly easy to follow. It is marked the entire way, so keep an eye out for markers once on the farmland section, however the tracks seem to be well developed. Start from the car park, crossing a stile and making your way up a metal path towards the bush-line. You will then move on to a grass track as you approach the bush. There are signs along the way, so you essentially can not get lost.
Once in the bush you will do about 300 vertical meters of uphill trail running. If it rains there can be big sections of mud, so use trail shoes or risk sliding around a bit. You will then clear the bush and enter farmland. Cross the stile and head up the track where you will see a fork. This is where the path continues straight, or you take a right hand turn up the hill. Take the right turn and follow the track up to the higher fence line, then follow the path to the trig station that will become apparent.
Once at the trig station (2.2km to this point), take in the view and then follow the path down the hill (you can really open up here to practice your full speed downhill running technique) and then up the other side again following the markers and the path through rolling farmland. You are heading to another trig station, but the large communication towers are far easier to see than the next trig station that is just beyond the towers. There are a number of stiles and gates as you progress back up to the second trig station.
Once at the station you are at the halfway mark and return via the same route. Many segments here make awesome downhill running as well, so pay attention to not fly past your turnoffs. It is easy to get lost in the joy of opening up. The downhill running back on the track is also very enjoyable, and I am sure you will love that too!
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Features of interest
The variation between the native bush and the farmland is really nice, as well as the view gained from the elevation. The downhill running segments on this run are an utter joy, as you can really open up to full stride.
Make Up of Run
Untracked / Route only: 45%
Moderate Single Track: 45%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 10%
Access starts on McMillan Rd, Mangatawhiri 2471, and this is easy to find using google maps. It is no more than a 15 minute drive from Pukekohe. Equally, you can type in Mt William, and receive directions to the start of the trail.
The trail starts from the car park, and is very easy to find. There is a stile that marks the beginning of the trail, with a shoe cleaning station for the prevention of Kauri Dieback. This can not be missed.
You can't really go wrong other than the fork in the path after 100m after clearing the bush line. Take the right path heading up as opposed to going straight (when id doubt, climb higher).
Lightweight fleece top, Short-sleeved thermal top, Cellphone, Map.
There is no access to water. I would advise carrying some.
Access in lambing season is restricted around the farmland parts of the trail.
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