Moerangi Meander Intermediate
Submitted by Daniel Parkinson
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Front country - easily accessible
Point to Point (one way)
Undulating, small hills only
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Beautiful, easy single track through stunning native bush. It is a mountain bike trail, and this is described in the recommended direction for mountain biking, so you won't have to watch out for any bikers coming at you from the front. It's a remote and quiet track so bikers should be few and far between, especially outside summer.
If you've been unable to cross the ford (the 34.1km distance includes the 1.5km from the ford to the track start), start by running across it, then following the gravel road for a bit over a kilometre, up a small hill. At the track entrance, follow the trail for 6km or so to Skips Hut. Water is available here.
Continue up a small hill for 6km or so to Rogers Hut. This is a beautiful spot and again water is available here.
After a further 9km of gently undulating trails, you'll come across the turnoff to Moerangi Hut. It's worth the 500m detour (the distance of this trail includes this detour), especially if you need water. Back on the main trail, the main climb of the day begins (over 4km or so), following a fairly gently gradient up to Moerangi.
From here, there's a beautiful 6km descent through stunning native bush. You'll join another track near the bottom, and this is very wide and easy. Cross the bridge over the stunning canyon (be sure to look down at it), and then you're back in the carpark!
Make Up of Run
Easy Single Track: 100%
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From Murupara, continue on SH38. Go past the turnoff to Minginui. The road turns to gravel, then just before the bridge, take a right turn up the gravel road following Okahu Stream. Unless you have a 4WD, you will need to park 1.5km from the road end, as there is a rough ford to cross. The rest of the road is fine in a 2WD. Alternatively, and probably a better option, is to arrange for a shuttle through Jailhouse backpackers in Minginui, and park at the Minginui end of the track and get them to take you to the Okahu end of the track.
Lots of parking at the both ends, but limited at the Okahu end if you don't have a 4WD - plenty of space along the gravel road. Don't leave valuables in your car - not the safest place in the world, but there should be no problems during the day.
Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Cellphone, Map.
Tank water available at all three huts. There are a few small streams in the first 6km, but after this they are scare.
Muddy in winter, but runnable year round.
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