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Upland Road to Wairere Falls, Bay of Plenty

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Upland Road to Wairere FallsIntermediate

Submitted by Mike Tennent

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Bay of Plenty


Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only

Native bush
Open ridges/tops


Not Suitable (Slow)
4:30 (Moderate)
3:00 (Fast)



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This route encapsulates all there is to love about trail running -, technical stuff, free-flowing stuff, slippery bits, views... all in all an awesome adventure.

The trail leaves from the end of the road and heads slightly uphill with the occasional down. It is very technical in places with stream crossings (beware the green rocks) and windfall across trail that you will need to find you way around or over. There are a couple of intersections - follow the signs to Wairere Falls (and Upland Rd on the way back).

At about 10km in there is an un-signposted trail off left to a grassy area... stop there and check out the awesome tall Kauri... then back on the main trail. At around 12.5km you will get to the Falls, stop and take some pics, fill your drink bottle and, when you are ready, head back. The last couple of km to the car are pretty much all down fast and flowing runnable downhill, a chance to free up the legs and go for it.

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Features of interest

Great views of the Waikato from the top of Wairere Falls, some great swimming holes on the way back. Awesome Single Trail. One majestic Kauri!

Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 0%

Technical Single Track: 60%

Moderate Single Track: 20%

Easy Single Track: 20%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 0%

Gravel Road: 0%

Sealed Road: 0%

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  • Access

    Travelling between Tauranga and Katikati you are looking for Wright Road... once you find it, head up looking for Upland Road off to your right. Then follow Upland to the very end.

    Room for 4 -6 vehicles there.

    16 km

    17 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    There are quite a few places where there has been windfall and the trail is less than obvious. Just stop, look around, if you can't see an orange triangle, then backtrack until you do.


    Thermal leggings, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Cellphone, Map, Headtorch and spare batteries.

    Frequent places to fill your bottle up.

    Gets extremely wet and boggy in winter... definitely a summer trail unless you love the boggy stuff!

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