Ngamuwahine - Bobs LoopBeginner - Intermediate
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Easy to navigate track from the carpark, typical DOC orange triangle markers nailed to trees. The track is fairly technical with a lot of steep tree root stairs. There are two river crossings, one on the way up and one on the way down, you will probably get your feet wet depending on how much rain there has been. About a kilometre into the run you come to the Bobs Loop turn off and can go either way I went up the main Leyland O'Brien Walkway track and returned via Bobs loop.
Carry on up the Leyland O'Brien Walkway past the top end of Bobs loop until you reach the clearing and meet the old Leyland O'Brien Tramway. This trail returns from this point the way you came but should extra distance be desired you can run along the Tramway in either direction.
Return along the track until you reach the intersection with Bobs Loop taking the left turn along Bobs loop track over the river and carry on until it reaches the main Leyland O'Brien walkway back to the Naumawahine car Park
Features of interest
Part of the Kaimai Range, through the native bush up to the Leyland O'Brien Tramway. North Island Robins are common in this area along with Kereru. Night runners are likely to encounter possums and maybe even a deer or two.
Make Up of Run
Technical Single Track: 50%
Moderate Single Track: 25%
Easy Single Track: 25%
Start at the car park below Ngamuwahine Lodge at the end of Ngamuwahine Road, off SH29
Short stretch of gravel road to the open carpark. Safe to leave vehicles
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Well marked and signposted, often trees down across the track need care to get around and re-find the track
Thermal leggings, Short-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Map, Headtorch and spare batteries.
There are two river crossings and several streams. As with all New Zealand streams either purify the water or take the risk of picking up bugs. I have personally drank the water plenty of times without any issues
Parts are muddy after rain and the rivers could take some skill to cross after heavy or prolonged rain
Post run indulgence
1603 SH 29, Lower Kaimai
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