Last Updated: 12th Apr 2024


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Kauri Point Kaper

Tauranga, Bay of Plenty

Submitted by Noeline Best

Last Updated: 12th Apr 2024


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Gnarl Factor: 18 ?








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Type of Run

Urban fringe

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only

Dog Friendly

Native bush


Run Makeup


Sealed Road

Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +5.1%

Average Downhill Gradient: -6.6%


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The first part of the trail winds up and through some bush, with views across the harbour. There are some slips, but these are clearly marked and passable. There is a point where the trail winds back on itself (and you doubt the direction), but then you appear at a gate at the base of a reserve (Pa site nearby). Head right and follow the fence to a stile, cross this, then continue following the fence line along grassland.

Follow the markers and mowed strips past the Pa site and down to the waterfront, past the statue overlooking the bay. Continue past the trees and cows until you reach Esplanade Road at Ongare Point. Follow this road along the waterfront, then it veers left and up to an intersection. Head right for a short distance to the turnaround point at the Ongare Point boat ramp.

Admire the view across the harbour, then return the way you came and finish again at the end of the Kauri Point jetty.

There is a Pa site just before the half way mark.

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There is a car park just up from the trail start. Normally only used by fishermen, so not very busy.

47 km

42 minutes






Short-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map, Headtorch and spare batteries

No drinkable water. Take your own.

There are a couple of sections where there have been slips. These have been packed down and are passable, but are either muddy, or have boards that you need to navigate across.

In the first section of bush, there are a few areas where it drops off to the side. Plenty of small trees to grab onto to steady yourself.

Selection of bakeries to choose from
Katikati town centre

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Trail Reviews

Nice run - interesting exploring the trails in the bush section!

Rob Holm

September 27, 2022

Love this little route, for added fun I head up Ongare Point Road on the grass, and down to Tuapiro out to the point where there is a nice little forest to run through then a return to Ongare, puts in a few extra hills, although not strictly trails the road have very wide grassed edges outside the orchards.

Karen Shepherd

July 30, 2020

This is a little cracker with some particularly scenic views at the start with the wharf and towards the turnaround point before Ongare Point Reserve as you come down the hill. As mentioned, the first half has a few slips but are easily negotiable. There's probably about 500m or so on footpath at the end, but all the rest is either trail or grass. Can't wait to come back in Summer and combine with a swim. Provided times to run are generous, but helps one feel faster! Thanks for sharing Noeline.

Anthony Sowerby

July 18, 2020

Great little trail if you want something to do while the others fish off the jetty :)

Noeline Best

June 21, 2020

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