Mangorewa Loop Track Beginner - Intermediate
Submitted by Glen Brownlee
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Front country - easily accessible
Undulating, small hills only
Beginner - Intermediate
Do NOT attempt this if there has been any reasonable rain in days beforehand.
The track entrance is 500m north of the car park on the left. Carefully cross the road, walking north (against the traffic, on narrow berm) and cross the second bridge, 100 m up the hill, carefully cross the road again to find the track entrance immediately behind the sign for the Mangorewa Ecological area.
The first section up the Ohaupara stream is not well marked, if dry just head up creek bed, you will see markers on both banks from time to time. At about 1km mark there is fork in stream bed, head into left branch and you will see track head up bank on your right. Steep climb to ridge then great track through great old Podocarp forest- Beech, Rimu, Miro, Kahikatea & Kauri.
At about 2.5km mark there is another climb to next plateau, here the track gets more technical, roots, constantly zig zagging around trees & obstacles, but well-marked. You then start descending towards the Mangorewa Stream. The last third of the track is most likely something you have never done before. It's bedrock stream bed from 6-15m wide with gentle gradient (steep bush clad banks). The issue/challenge is most of it (even in driest season) is treacherously slippery, like ice. One minute you're making good time, then you’re on your arse, and it could hurt you. Take care, poles will help some, but even then, there’s nothing for them to dig into, so just slip across top bedrock. The other thing to look out for are deep pot holes in stream bed.
Leave the river bed via the right bank just before the road bridge. A small track exits the stream to the car park. Regardless of how dry it is you will have wet feet as there are section you will have to wade through. This CANNOT not be done after heavy weather as river bed will be a torrent of water. You will either enjoy the challenge of this trail, or hate it because it gets the better of you.
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Features of interest
Being able to run down bedrock river bed cut through forest - awesome.
Make Up of Run
Untracked / Route only: 0%
Technical Single Track: 60%
Moderate Single Track: 30%
Easy Single Track: 10%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 0%
Gravel Road: 0%
Sealed Road: 0%
From Rotorua head around lake towards Hamurana then left onto SH36 Tauranga Direct Road. The Mangorewa Ecological Area is 20 km north east of Rotorua on the western side of Tauranga Direct Road (SH 36). Road steeply descends to bridge over Mangorewa stream. Head into carpark on the left just before bridge.
Carpark busy in the summer, but you will usually find a space. Note is is a dangererous piece of road, so be careful pulling off & out.
Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
First stream may be running, but is right at start of run. The Mangorewe stream will have some water at most times of the year, but may need treating.
After heavey rain, or days of steady rain Mangorewe will be running fast and would not be safe choice, turn around & loop back out, missing stream/river bed section.
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