Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

Intermediate - Experienced

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Aongatete River Run

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

Intermediate - Experienced

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Grunt Factor: 22 ?

Gnarl Factor: 76 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, some big hills

Native bush


Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Technical Single Track

Untracked / Route only

Average Uphill Gradient: +14.8%

Average Downhill Gradient: -14.5%


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Estimated Times to Run

Not suitable






Start at Aongatete lodge, run the easy DoC track to the Aongatete river. Cross here and head up the hill until you reach the North/South track, turning south. Run this until you again reach the Aongatete River. Here you leave the track and enter the river heading down stream, combination of rocks and small river crossings. At some points you need to jump from small waterfalls into the pools below.

Water is clean and clear to allow good sight of depth. Follow river down stream until you get to a fork where another stream joins.

A small track to the right of this stream allows a safe path around a waterfall.

Follow this upstream for a couple of hundred meters until you see the Orange triangle indication the 'Swimming Hole Track' - take this back to carpark.

Run includes a river portion requiring a number of small waterfall jumps.

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Public carpark, good amount of parking

18 km

19 minutes





Whistle, First aid kit, Cellphone, Map

Plenty of water in river but consider a Steripen / water treatment.

Suggest to only attempt this in summer with lower water flows in river

As there is a need to jump into pools of water, please check best you can for depth, other hazards i.e. tree branches etc.

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Trail Reviews

More adventure than trail run but brilliant all the same. Advise taking a buddy with you as there are some sections where you don't want to be on your own if it went horribly wrong.

Anthony Sowerby

December 27, 2022

Fantastic fun but you need to be ok with leaps of faith - 4 to 5 feet high into the stream below. Once you jump down the first drop in the river, you’re not likely going back that way! You’re committed!

Rob Holm

December 27, 2022

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