Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

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Te Ara O Wairakei

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

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Grunt Factor: 14 ?

Gnarl Factor: 1 ?

21.4km

16m

16m

11m

  

  

  

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Type of Run

Urban

Loop

Totally/mostly flat

Dog Friendly

Other

Run Makeup

95%
5%

Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +1%

Average Downhill Gradient: -1%

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Estimated Times to Run

2:30

Slow

2:00

Moderate

1:30

Fast

This trail is not super wild, but is a decent training run avoiding the otherwise road-heavy routes around uban Papamoa!

If you assume a start point at the end east of Emerald Shores, and run northside heading west, southside on the way back east: run heading west, cross Emerald Shores Dr, keep going, crossing Golden Sands and Palm Springs Blvd.

Just up from here, the gravel track stops. There is a plank of wood over the stream 20 metres before the track end, and then a worn trail through the farmland to get back onto the gravel trail past Maungaronga Walkway. The other option here is to head up Mandalay Key, onto Santa Cruz Drive and then down Simpson Road to Parton Road.

Once you reach Parton Road, run along the north side of the waterway, crossing Longview, Opal, and Domain. Once past the back of the shops, the trail bends right then splits; take the right fork, cross Gravatt Rd and turn left, then right back onto the trail just after the roundabout.

Stay on the northside trail, cross Palm Beach Blvd, Hartford, and Evans. After Evans, stay northside of the water, run on the grass (clear use as a trail) through to Pacific View Rd, where pathway ends.

Cross over to southside and head back, crossing Evans and Hartford. As at Feb 2022, northside is temp closed for pipework east of Hartford, so use southside until first bridge on your right - take that bridge back across to northside and turn left to continue heading east.

In a couple of hundred metres the trail bends right and heads south for a few hundred metres before bending left/east and through the section of rollers before crossing Palm Beach. Past the playground, the trail bends north for a bit then east again, popping out onto Riviera Court cul de sac. Straight ahead to Montego Dr, turn left then in 50m left onto paved path for 20m then right onto gravel path - you're back on Te Ara Wairakei southside!

Carry on to Gravatt and cross, turn left and cross Beachwater straight onto path again, bending left to head back past back of shops to Domain.

East of Domain, continue southside, crossing Longview and Parton. East of Parton, you're heading back down where you came up, through the farmland (or Simpson) and back onto Te Ara o Wairakei (you'll be on north side). Cross Palm Springs Blvd and head right then turn left to get onto southside path. Carry on until you run out of southside path, carry on east, crossing Golden Sands Rd, through to the pond at the end of the southside trail - run the loop around the pond then cross the bridge to northside for the last little bit back to trail end.

The route follows the Wairākei Stream, whcih is now more of a stormwater reserve, but nice none the less.

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Plenty of on street parking whereever you choose to start.

22 km

27 minutes

Yes

No

Easy.

Running east to west, the gravel track stops just after Palm Springs Blvd. There is a plank of wood over the stream 20 metres before the track end, and then a worn trail through the farmland to get back onto the gravel trail past Maungaronga Walkway. The other option here is to head up Mandalay Key, onto Santa Cruz Drive and then down Simpson Road to Parton Road.

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There are no water foundations en-route, and the stormwater/stream water is definitely not drinkable, but you do pass close to a few shops and dairies if you need a top up.

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Trail Reviews

Be prepared. This trail crosses the road more times than a chicken, is gravellier than a rock DJs voice (albeit fine gravel) and is flatter than my wife's singing in the shower. However, it is great for speedwork, appears to be very well drained and is accompanied a lot of the way with water at your side with provides it with a fair amount of serenity. That and it being one of only a handful of trails within the Tauranga environs makes this an urban trail that even Keith would be proud to put his name to.

Anthony Sowerby

July 10, 2022

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