Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Wet Feet

Murupara, Bay of Plenty

Submitted by Mike Tennent

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Grunt Factor: 24 ?

Gnarl Factor: 58 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only

Native bush


Open tussock/grasslands

Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Untracked / Route only

Average Uphill Gradient: +5.7%

Average Downhill Gradient: -6.0%


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This trail has a bit of everything... but your feet will get wet, so when you descend from the carpark, head straight over the river - you will see the trail about 50 meters away - and follow the trail.

You will cross this river over 50 times EACH WAY! So keeping feet dry is not gonna happen. At times the trail is obvious, other times invisible, but you are heading up the river, so bear that in mind. Always watch out for the orange triangles that pop up infrequently and often show you the way to wonderful short stretches of bush trail. Eventually at around 10km you will reach the hut, check it out, maybe have a break, then retrace your steps as best you can to the start.

Great river views, lots of birds. Thousands of Painted Lady butterflies and Cinnibar moths with pink undersides to their wings.

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Good sized parking area

17 km

15 minutes




Just keep a heads-up for the orange triangles or you will miss some magic trail.


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

Lots and lots

No way should this route be attempted if the river is high or if medium or heavy rain is expected.

The river crossings can be slippery and treacherous, take your time - especially late in the run/walk when you are getting weary. Some of the larger rocks are very slippery so make sure one foot is solidly planted before lifting the other.

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