Atiu Creek Runabout.Beginner
Submitted by Craig De Ardenne
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Front country - easily accessible
Undulating, some big hills
Native bushCoastalOpen farmlandsOpen ridges/tops
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The run starts from the carpark and heads down hill to the left past the public toilets. (You can also head off to the right and follow the track the other way)
Follow the Oruawharo River Trail signs to the first branch and turn right onto Clearfell Track. Follow to the next intersectiion and turn right towards Kauri Point Track, once there turn left and follow the loop out to the point for some great views then return to the Clearfell track intersection.
Follolw signs to Ti Tree point, out and back then head past the campsite to Solomons Bay on the Oruawharo River Trail. A pretty steady climb from there to the top of the old Pa then a grassy run around the outside of the pine forest back to the carpark.
There are a few other trails you could take to lengthen the run if you wanted to.
Features of interest
An old Pa and maori fields, beautiful views down the Kaipara Harbour. This is a working farm so please leave all gates as you find them.
Make Up of Run
Untracked / Route only: 25%
Easy Single Track: 5%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 70%
Head west from Wellsford towards Tapora. Atiu Regional Park is well signposted and easy to find.
Start point of run is in the carpark.
Plenty of parking in the carpark.
The trail markers can be a little hard to find in a few places but if you wander aimlessly for a few minutes you will find another.
Short-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
There is drinking water across from the campground gate - it is well marked.
Open paddocks, muddy and slippery and pretty windy as well.
The metal cattle stops at the gates can be very slippery when wet and there are a lot of them.
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