Last Updated: 19th Feb 2024

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Karangahake Mountain Run

Waihi, Bay of Plenty

Submitted by Rebecca Speirs

Last Updated: 19th Feb 2024

Intermediate - Experienced

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Grunt Factor: 21

Gnarl Factor: 56

10.3km

635m

635m

530m

  

  

  

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Trail Map

Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Loop

Very hilly

Native bush

Run Makeup

10%
10%
30%
50%

Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +8.6%

Average Downhill Gradient: -8.6%

Trailhead

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Estimated Times to Run

3:00

Slow

2.5:00

Moderate

2

Fast

Start from the Karangahake gorge car park. Cross the bridge and head up the trail to the right - is signposted for the mountain summit.

The route climbs steeply, with a viewpoint midway. The trail is rough in places, e.g. bit of scrambling required over streams and up to the summit.

The route down is slightly more flowing. There's markers along the way that point to the summit or back down towards the gorge/Dickey Flat on the way down.

Great view from the top across the Kaimais. Some caves on the way down.

Good parking and toilets.

16 km

14 minutes

Unknown

No

Moderate.

Unknown.

Long-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

Not available.

Slipper after a lot of rain. Potentially windy at the top - take a windproof jacket.

Rocky/scrambling sections near the top.

The surf shack
Waihi beach
http://www.surfshackeatery.co.nz/
Delicious food and great atmosphere

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Raewyn Peters

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Trail Reviews

Trail was in great condition considering all the rain we'd been having. Suggested times are nice and generous as I tacked on the summit and still managed to complete under expected time. Very enjoyable running.

Anthony Sowerby

February 6, 2023

Love this gnarly run. A honest climb and great downhill. You can also start and finish from Dickey Flat to make it longer but you will need a head torch.

Lesley Mochan

June 28, 2022

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