Submitted by Dale Oswald
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Front country - easily accessible
Out and Back
Undulating, some big hills
Closed until further notice due to kauri dieback. If you become aware of it re-opening please let us know.
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Straightforward, well marked out and back run. Lots of roots, mud, stream crossings, ruts and one thigh burner of a climb toward the end. Great views and a massive waterfall!
Run straight up the stream leaving the carpark (make sure you clean your shoes!!) Take a right turn across the stream and then take the signposted trail to Ananui Falls, don't bother trying to keep your shoes dry as there is about 20'ish stream crossings in total. The trail is well marked and defined but is very rooty and rutted unless its along the sections of old tramway (which are usually boggy.) All turn- offs are well signposted. Note: As with all of the Kaimai runs, dogs are allowed with a current "hunting with dogs permit" Can be a great through run to the Waitawheta Trails.
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Features of interest
Ananui Falls is 106 m. The very top can be accessed, and you can lie on the large rock overhand and look straight down if you're keen.
Make Up of Run
Untracked / Route only: 0%
Technical Single Track: 50%
Moderate Single Track: 30%
Easy Single Track: 20%
At the top of Woodland road after 1km of gravel, just before the ford (private property). track runs up the river, its very well marked.
Parking on the gravel at the end of woodland road. if you're using google maps etc to navigate to the trail head make sure its not taking you to the Waihi end of Woodlands Rd
The one turn to watch out for is at the old hut clearing, the trail switchbacks down toward the river on the right, just before the clearing. If you have run out onto the clearing you have missed it (its about 10m back).
Short-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map, Headtorch and spare batteries.
The stream is clean and clear but recommend filtering or treating
Generally muddy, very muddy after rain. prone to flooding, water can be cold and with lots of stream crossings it can a freezing run if your not expecting to get wet. The exposed clay sections can also be super greasy. It can also be cold up on the exposed rocks by the falls.
106 m waterfall is pretty self-explanatory!
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