Eliza Mine ClimbBeginner - Intermediate
Submitted by Danielle Meier
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Front country - easily accessible
Out and Back
Beginner - Intermediate
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Once you start on the track its pretty easy to follow. 1km in there is a river crossing but this can normally be navigated without getting your feet wet.
The whole way through you will be following the orange DOC signs, All turns are marked with DOC trail signs so extremely hard to miss. The first one is marked as straight ahead to Thompsons track or right to get to Mount Eliza - you want to take the Mount Eliza track. Once you get to the Mount Eliza sign you can go straight to see the mine shaft which is a 5 minute detour.
The head uphill / right following the signs to the North South track. Once you reach the North South track sign, you want to head left / south until you reach the summit. You will emerge at the top on the Kaimai ranges in a wonderful open field with epic views. You can explore up here for a bit but the best way back to the car is to back-track. You can make a loop by connecting to Thompsons track and following that back to the car park, but its extremely hard to do that without getting stuck up to your hips in mud pits!
Features of interest
This track takes you past the Mount Eliza mine and as you go through you can see sign of old mining spots.
Make Up of Run
Technical Single Track: 60%
Moderate Single Track: 30%
Easy Single Track: 10%
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Drive to the very end of Thompson's Track road, it will change to an unsealed road, keep driving on that until you get to a large dirt clearing. There is the start of a major 4 wheel drive track here so you can see the mud pits the trucks play in.
On the right hand side of the clearing by a large tree you will find the start of the track. There are obvious orange DOC signs and a few minutes down the track you will see the first DOC sign with track names and estimated times.
Waterproof leggings, Thermal leggings, Lightweight fleece top, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Windproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Map, Headtorch and spare batteries.
There is a river crossing 1km in that I assume would be drinkable but have never tried.
Very muddy after rain. Slippery in winter. Can have very strong cold winds at the very top of the trail at the turn around point. If it's a very cloudy, overcast day you will get up into the clouds and it will get a lot colder/ damper than at the start of the trail.
Mud and slippery roots, flax on trail. Very technical trail.
Post run indulgence
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They do delicious Pizza's, Coffee and have a good range of beer! awesome spot to refuel afterwards
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