Tauranga Bridge LoopBeginner
Submitted by Mike Tennent
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Front country - easily accessible
Undulating, small hills only
Native bushPlantation/exotic forestRiversideOpen farmlands
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.
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Features of interest
The historic wooden Tauranga Bridge, you get to cross it twice.
Make Up of Run
Untracked / Route only: 0%
Technical Single Track: 0%
Moderate Single Track: 40%
Easy Single Track: 50%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 10%
Gravel Road: 0%
Sealed Road: 0%
Clearly signposted on the Waioeka Gorge Road that takes you from Opotiki to Gisborne, just over 27km from Opotiki.
Large carpark off the main road with toilets.
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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