Tuahu TraverseBeginner - Intermediate
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Front country - easily accessible
Point to Point (one way)
Native bushPlantation/exotic forest
Beginner - Intermediate
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%
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)
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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