Te Kuri Farm walkwayBeginner
Submitted by Mike Tennent
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Front country - easily accessible
Native bushPlantation/exotic forestOpen farmlandsOpen ridges/tops
It is important to realise that this is a working farm and so you may run into cows and sheep and almost definitely goats. As it is a farm there are absolutely NO dogs allowed at all.
At the very start you run past the farm sheds and through the gate in the deer fencing and head up the farm road to the right. From there on the trail is very well marked, mostly with orange triangles on short yellow posts, but occasionally on trees. At one point in the first couple of km's (about 1.3km in from memory) the road appears to go straight ahead, however there is another road branching left and if you look down this you will see the post and triangle.
Pretty much all of the first half of the run is climbing, you know you are at the top when you get to the fenceline with the sign... take the trail to the left up to the trig, that's where the best views are. Stop and take some snaps and then head back to the sign and through the gate (make sure to latch all gates after you).
Then you start to head down, there is a worm track to a picnic table on a knoll. However if you keep a lookout you will see a track heading back down to the right. If you look you will see a farm gate and a wooden gate next to it... this is the only place where an orange triangle is not in sight. Head to and through the gate and the markers appear again.
From there it is steadily down to where you think you must be nearly there, but Te Kuri has a wee bite in the tail as you will find with a nasty little climb before the final descent.
All in all a nice trail with great views that will give you a good workout in only 5 and a half kms.
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Features of interest
Great views over Gisborne, surrounding country and the coastline. Stunning on a nice day.
Make Up of Run
Untracked / Route only: 0%
Technical Single Track: 0%
Moderate Single Track: 0%
Easy Single Track: 9%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 85%
Gravel Road: 6%
Sealed Road: 0%
The walkway is signposted from the Ballance Street/Ormond Road corner of Gisborne City. Visitors can drive straight to the start of the walkway at the end of Shelley Road, where there is a large carpark.
As stated above, there is a large carpark at the start of the walkway.
Anything that needs to be noted is in the main description. Very easy trail to follow.
Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
No drinkable water on or around the trail.
Not a great trail in muddy conditions, on a previous visit I ran when it was moderately muddy and it got a whole lot harder... and most of the mud smelled of cowshit!
Farm animals, mud and a steep downhill towards the end that can be treacherous when wet.
Post run indulgence
22 Peel Street, Gisborne
Had lunch there a couple of times and the food and service have been great.
38 Childers Road, Gisborne
I have eaten breakfast here many times and a few brunches... never been disappointed, great venue with an excellent atmosphere!
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