The Great OH TrailBeginner
Submitted by Malcolm Law
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Out and Back
Undulating, small hills only
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Starting at the northern end of Waihi Beach find the trail and follow it north keeping the coast to your right. It is well signposted the whole way and there's really nowhere that you can go wrong.
You will climb over one headland before dropping to the lovely Orokawa Bay. The trail here threads its way through pohutakawas at the back of the lovely golden sand beach.
Just after climbing out of Orokawa Bay you'll see a side track heading inland to the 30m high William Wright Falls. This is a worthwhile excursion that adds about 3kms of rough stuff and numerous stream crossings.
Continuing north the trail clings to the headlands and cliffs and has a spectacular open section where it crosses a creek. Just before reaching Homunga Bay there is another side trail that climbs steeply for a couple of kms through farmland to reach the end of Ngatiangata Road, east of Waihi township. You could add this is in as an extra or if you have more than one vehicle you could run the track one-way starting from this road end.
Homunga Bay and the beach there are stunning. Well worth taking some time out before turning on your heels and heading back the way you came.
Features of interest
Stunning coastline fringed with pohutakawa trees - it would be stunning to run when they are in flower - and beautiful golden sand beaches. One to take your time over, even pack a picnic and your togs.
Make Up of Run
Easy Single Track: 80%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 20%
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
End of Beach Rd, Waihi Beach, opposite the Top 10 Holiday Park
Good safe parking
Make navigation of this route super-easy by using the Capra app on your phone. View on Capra .
Short-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone.
No safe drinking water. Take your own.
Muddy in places after heavy rain.
Post run indulgence
Flat White Cafe
21 Shaw Road, Waihi Beach
Great setting, good food & coffee
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