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Tuahu Traverse, Bay of Plenty

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Tuahu TraverseBeginner - Intermediate

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Bay of Plenty


Front country - easily accessible

Point to Point (one way)

Very hilly

Native bush
Plantation/exotic forest

Beginner - Intermediate

3:00 (Slow)
2:00 (Moderate)
1:20 (Fast)



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Run up the very well maintained gravel foot path to the Tuahu Kauri, and keep on heading up the Tuahu track until the North-South track junction.

Go straight through the junction and head on down to the Waikato. Once your on the gravel forestry track you want to take the first right (heading down) then there's two stream crossing and you pop out at a farm/forestry track, which runs you out to Wairakau Road.

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Features of interest

Can take a detour up and along the north-south track (heading South) to have a look at the rocky outcrops around Kakarahi or run along to check the Motutapere hut out

Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 0%

Technical Single Track: 40%

Moderate Single Track: 20%

Easy Single Track: 20%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 20%

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Overlapping Runs

The following trails overlap with this run to some degree. You may wish to combine them but please note that to qualify for FKTs on these runs you should record a separate Strava activity for each

Hot Springs Loop

Hot Springs Loop

Length: 14.00km


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  • Access

    Top of Hot Springs Road

    Good Carpark at the top of the road, is relativly safe as there is a very popular short walk to the Tuahu Kauris (good 3 min detour)

    39 km

    36 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Make sure you take the first right turn on the gravel road in the forestry, then there is two stream crossings in quick succession. it should only take about 10 min from the first turn in the forestry until you meet the main forestry road at the Tuahu track - lakes junction. There are three turn offs along the gravel section of forestry road before you get to the main track and you want to take the south west turn every time.


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

    Lots of good clear streams

    Track can be washed out after heavy rain and the stream crossings can be dodgy. Watch out for fresh slips also. Check the rain radar before you run it as it can be nice on the Katikati side and pissing down on the other

    If taking the detour mentioned and summiting the rocky outcrops, they can be super slippery

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