Last Updated: 6th Apr 2024

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Ngamuwahine - Bobs Loop

Tauranga, Bay of Plenty

Submitted by Philip Sale

Last Updated: 6th Apr 2024

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 17 ?

Gnarl Factor: 57 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible


Very hilly

With permit

Native bush

Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +9.4%

Average Downhill Gradient: -9.7%


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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

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.

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Short stretch of gravel road to the open carpark. Safe to leave vehicles

25 km

23 minutes

With Permit



Well marked and signposted, often trees down across the track need care to get around and re-find the track

Very patchy.

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

Kaimai Cafe
1603 SH 29, Lower Kaimai
Good Coffee, Food, Cold Beer. Lovely setting, great prices and very handy to the lower Kaimai area

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Trail Reviews

Pretty rooty and fairly technical in parts, this was an enjoyable run. The track is mostly in good condition throughout.

Hamish Wadsworth

April 10, 2023

River crossings, technical parts, a fair amount of roots - a great faster technical run if you’re short on time!

Zoe Van Mil Potaka

May 23, 2022

Great short technical run, well maintained trail. To find the start of the track go through the gate at the end of the carpark and follow the short dirt road around the corner and then cross the bridge on your left. There is a confusing sign about 20m in that points to a loop track to the right - just ignore this and head straight ahead up the hill.

Jayne Tankersley

April 26, 2022

Boggy, rooty, slippy, overgrown, waist high river crossings!! What more could I ask for! Great run, albeit not one for any kind of speed!

Lauren Mai Anderson

July 18, 2020

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