The Giants of GeraldineBeginner
Submitted by Tony Sharpe
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Undulating, small hills only
Native bushPlantation/exotic forest
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This is an awesome wee loop in the amazing Talbot Forest and surrounds. Neat little network of tracks in here.
Grab the Matai Track entrance at the intersection of Tripp and Bridge St and plug your way up the trail past some impressive stands of forest. Follow this trail right through to Totara Street where you will cross and pick up the start of the Kahikatea Track. Follow the uphill section of this until you reach the road end up by Pye Rd.
From Pye Rd swing around onto Riddels Track, which is shared use for mountainbiking also. Follow Riddels through plantation forests around down the gully and up the other side until you join Pekapeka St. Cross this road and get onto the Pekapeka Track which will loop you around and onto the top end of Hislop St. Again cross the road and follow the Kahikatea Track though another stretch of wonderful native forest. Some trees here are 80m high. Then finally back onto the now familiar Matai St to return you quickly downhill to where you started.
Features of interest
Amazing native forest. Native bats at dusk. Birdlife
Make Up of Run
Moderate Single Track: 50%
Easy Single Track: 50%
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Just by the Waihi Bridge on the Main highway, head up Talbot Street and look for the DOC sign
Park up on Tripp Street by the Lions Reserve
If you get lost or take a wrong turn theres never too far to find a road back to town
Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
Fill up in town
All year round here
Tree roots and the odd treefall in the one section
Post run indulgence
Lots of places in Geralding to try
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