Henderson Tramline - Kaimai Intermediate
Submitted by Linda Downes
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Front country - easily accessible
Undulating, some big hills
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This run is a loop so please note you will have a small section of running down Old Kaimai Road. Depending on where you park is whether you will run this at the start or the end of your run. Please note dogs allowed by permit only - contact DoC for more information on how to get one.
Parking at the North Henderson tramline sign and running down Old Kaimai road to the Tuakopae Bridge - the start of The West Henderson Tramline Track - is a nice easy warm up. As soon as you enter the West Henderson Tramline there is a little waterfall and a DoC sign. It's straight into a gradual climb with tree roots and plenty of obstacles around. Keep your eye out for the orange DoC triangles at all times as in a few areas you may think you're on track but could have gone astray (like many people have.) If you come up to orange ribbons hanging in trees you have gone the wrong way, go back until you find the triangles again.
The track is quite muddy in areas, especially where the old tramline sleepers are. You will come to a junction and here you will turn right. You will now be on the North - South track heading toward the North Henderson Tramline, following your DoC orange triangles. The North - South track is a bit easier to run and you can get a bit of a rhythm in a few places.
You will come to a grassy area and a junction, here you turn right onto the North Henderson Tramline. This is gradual downhill track and can be very muddy. Getting closer to the end there are a couple of stream crossings - wet feet! and if it's summer, why not cool off? You will soon see a farm fence - wind through bush a little more and out you come into a paddock and head up to the car (if that is where you parked)
Features of interest
Old Tramline, Waterfalls, River crossings & Swimming holes
Make Up of Run
Technical Single Track: 10%
Moderate Single Track: 50%
Easy Single Track: 30%
Gravel Road: 5%
Sealed Road: 5%
Start point of the West Henderson Tramline is in a small gravel car park Just beside the Tuakopae Stream bridge on Old Kaimai Road off SH29.
The track is to the right of the car park and you will see a cute waterfall as soon as you enter the trail and the DoC sign.
There are 2 different places you can park. Option 1- In the gravel car park at the start of the West Henderson Tramiline. Option 2 - Around 1.5km further down Old Kaimai Road on the left hand side of the road there is limited parking space beside the entrance of the North Henderson track (Visible DoC sign)
This guide uses Option 2.
On the West Henderson it is easy to take a wrong turn - by the looks many others have too. always watch for the orange triangles and you will be fine.
Short-sleeved thermal top, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Compass, Map, Headtorch and spare batteries.
Streams are clean and probably ok to drink
Mud on around the old tramline sleepers.
Rivers too dangerous to cross after heavy rain
Can be cold as the Kaimais seems to have its own weather sometimes
River crossings, be careful
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