Last Updated: 6th Jan 2024

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Tauranga Bridge Loop

Opotiki, Bay of Plenty

Submitted by Mike Tennent

Last Updated: 6th Jan 2024

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Grunt Factor: 8 ?

Gnarl Factor: 29 ?

5.4km

140m

140m

123m

  

  

  

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Trail Map

Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Loop

Undulating, small hills only

Native bush

Plantation/exotic forest

Riverside

Open farmlands

Run Makeup

10%
50%
40%

Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +10.3%

Average Downhill Gradient: -10.3%

Trailhead

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Estimated Times to Run

0:50

Slow

0:35

Moderate

0:25

Fast

Head down from the road, across the bridge. Just on the other side the trail splits, take the left hand option slightly up the hill through a lot of long grass track. Follow this trail all the way to the river crossing, here you will get wet feet. Cross the river/stream and hop on to a more well formed traditional trail through native bush above the river. Eventually you get to the end of the trail, wet feet again as you cross the stream, there is a wire rope if you need it, but you shouldn't. Once on the other side follow the trail back to and over the bridge and back to the car.

The historic wooden Tauranga Bridge, you get to cross it twice.

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Large carpark off the main road with toilets.

27 km

21 minutes

Unknown

No

Easy.

Non-existent.

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

Plenty of good clear stream and river water

Gets a wee bit wet and muddy after prolonged rain or in the depths of winter,

Always take care on stream crossings, no matter how easy they seem.

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Trail Reviews

Such a cool run. Tons of history, fund river crossings and NZ's last surviving harp suspension/cable-stayed bridge.

Anthony Sowerby

May 22, 2022

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