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Karangahake Mountain Run, Bay of Plenty

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Karangahake Mountain RunIntermediate - Experienced

Submitted by Rebecca Speirs

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Bay of Plenty


Front country - easily accessible


Very hilly

Native bush

Intermediate - Experienced

3 (Slow)
2.5 (Moderate)
2 (Fast)



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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.

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Features of interest

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

Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 0%

Technical Single Track: 50%

Moderate Single Track: 30%

Easy Single Track: 10%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 10%

Gravel Road: 0%

Sealed Road: 0%

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  • Access

    Karangahake Gorge carpark.

    Good parking and toilets.

    16 km

    14 minutes



  • Staying Safe



    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.

  • Post run indulgence

    The surf shack
    Waihi beach
    Delicious food and great atmosphere

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