Twice Over The Kamais Intermediate - Experienced
Submitted by Tony Bullot
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Front country - easily accessible
Undulating, some big hills
Intermediate - Experienced
Not Suitable (Slow)
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Start at the carpark at the end of Whakamarama Road going anticlockwise on the loop track. After 200m take a right onto the marked Ngamarama track. After some stairs you run along the old logging tramline - i'ts generally straight with gentle inclines as the track cuts through the steeper hills. 4km up Ngamarama Track look for an unmarked track on the right, its seems to be an old forestry road but is well overgrown with Manuka and Toe Toe, especially the 1st 200m, it then opens up progressively on to an obvious but not maintained or marked track, by the end it’s a Quad bike track.
After 2.4km the track takes a left and becomes the TeTui track its fairly easy to follow. The Te Tui Track crosses 5 shallow streams - you would get wet after rains. 2.9km up Te Tui track is an old signpost on the right of the track pointing to Wairere Falls, the North South Track and Whakamarama Rd. Go left here towards Wairere. This is still an unmarked track that seems to be left over from forestry days and is generally easy to follow.
2km up this unmarked track turn left onto Wairere Track (there is a Wairere track sign on the left buts its overgrown and not easy to find. The Wairere Track is not maintained but is easy to navigate with plenty of DOC markers the whole way. It's 5km to the Wairere Falls and for the last 120m you will joins the hoards of tourists coming up the normal route. It’s worth taking some time for the view from the falls then track back 1.8km and take a right at the sign to go South on the North South Track - all well marked.
5km down the North South track go left at the sign on to Ngamarama Track, then its 8km home with the last 4km tracking back from the start of the run.
Features of interest
Leland O'Brian historic tramline. Wairere Falls and plenty of mature native bush
Make Up of Run
Untracked / Route only: 5%
Technical Single Track: 50%
Moderate Single Track: 35%
Easy Single Track: 10%
Start from the car park at the end of Whakamarama rd
The last couple of kms on Whakamarama road is single lane rough metal but there is a good size carpark and a toilet at the end
Right turn off Ngamarama track is not marked and the 1st 200m is overgrown
Left turn on to Wairere track from the old forestry road is not easy to find there is a sign but its overgrown.
Thermal leggings, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map, Headtorch and spare batteries.
Plenty of streams but uncertain what's drinkable. Take your own to be on the safe side.
Multiple stream crossings - generally shallow in summer but may not be in winter
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