Tauranga Bridge LoopBeginner
Submitted by Mike Tennent
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Front country - easily accessible
Undulating, small hills only
Native bushPlantation/exotic forestRiversideOpen farmlands
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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.
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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