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The Weetbix Challenge, Bay of Plenty

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Submitted by Lance Knauf

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Bay of Plenty


Urban fringe


Very hilly



3:30 (Slow)
2:15 (Moderate)
1:45 (Fast)



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How many can you do? This is the question which will always be asked when heading out to do this run. This run follows the route selected for the Mauao half marathon which is made up of three ascents, each taking a different route to the summit broken up by a loop around the base track in the anticlockwise direction to stretch the legs out. Starting and ending each leg near the surf club.

For a shorter, easier run on Mount Maunganui, check out Mauao - Round, Up and Down.

The first ascent heads around the base track in the anti clockwise direction for 500m before making a sharp left turn up through the paddocks and joining the 'stairs' track to the summit. When the summit is reached another hard left at the trig station takes you gently through some bush and initially starts down the 4wd track before making a hard right hander to continue on to 'the north face' track. Once the bottom is reached one lap around the base track is completed.

The second lap reaches the summit via the same track which you came down. Once you reach the top continue down the 'stairs' track for 200m. Where a sign to a lookout is viewed make a sharp right hand u-turn which will take you back to the 4wd track. Continue down the 4wd track back to the surf club where another lap around the base is completed.

The third lap starts back up the 4wd track and then continues along the same route to the top as the last ascent. When you reach the top continue down the 'stairs' track all the way to the base before embarking on the third and final loop around the base.

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Features of interest

Each autumn More FM run an event known as "The Everest Challenge" where 38 ascents is the equivalent of climbing Mt Everest. This is done over 50 days in efforts to raise awareness and money for the Waipuna Hospice.

Make Up of Run

Moderate Single Track: 5%

Easy Single Track: 15%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 80%

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  • Access

    Near the surf club along Marine Parade, Mount Maunganui

    Parking is on the street so if attacking this run on the weekend you will need to be in early enough to beat those looking for their coffee fix. Otherwise a longer warm up will be required to get to the start line.

    9 km

    16 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    If in doubt head up the way you came down.

    Perfect throughout.

    Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Windproof jacket, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    Water fountain located outside the surf club where each lap starts and ends.

    Although this track is always busy with lifestylers summer is peak cruise ship and tourist season so please be considerate and running may not always be an option.

    People, people, people, cliff.

  • Post run indulgence

    Deckchair Cafe
    Main Beach
    Plenty of bacon and pancakes are available to undo all the work you have just done.

    Mount Hot Pools
    Rest those weary legs.

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