The National ArboretumBeginner
Submitted by Mike Tennent
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Front country - easily accessible
Undulating, some big hills
Native bushPlantation/exotic forestOpen farmlandsOpen ridges/tops
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It's pretty well marked. Lleaving the info centre after paying your $15 .... oops did I mention you have to pay $15 to run this one, in my mind it was worth it, the trees they have and the care they take of them ... and of course the run... are all worth an investment... so anyway... after you leave the Info Centre, follow the green markers, there are plenty and you should have no trouble as you wind through the trees and the country and then climb!
You will climb all the way to a cool lookout with binoculars and you can see forever up there. After that, carry on along the ridge, past the exit for Yellow and Purple Tracks and in another couple of hundred metres the green marker will be on your left. Here you take a left turn down the hill.
At about 3.7km you will go through a gate - straight ahead of you is a Purple marker and Green to the right. At this point leave the Green Trail and take the Purple.... follow the Purple to just short of the Info Centre where you get to the gardens and a gravel road. Take a left and you will see more purple markers... follow these. In a while you will come to a sign in the shape of a bird next to another sign saying "Extended Yellow & Purple Walk". Head through that gate and commence climbing back to the lookout.
Just after the Lookout this time take the Yellow/Purple trail to the left. Follow Purple until you get back to the point where you split from Green earlier. Hop back on to Green and follow the markers to the finish.
Features of interest
Amazing Trees... so many different species, many of them really cool.... pause the Garmin and head off-track to check out amazing trees.
Make Up of Run
Untracked / Route only: 20%
Technical Single Track: 10%
Moderate Single Track: 40%
Easy Single Track: 15%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 15%
Gravel Road: 0%
Sealed Road: 0%
The route is pretty well signposted from the main roads... enter 2392 Wharekopae Rd in your GPS... or just search for Eastwoodhill Arboretum on Google Maps.
Plenty of parking
A couple of places on the Purple Track you will have to either consult the map or take a good look around for the next marker. Pretty hard to get lost in there.
Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
Don't drink out of any of the ponds... this is a working farm as well and there is a reason for so much growth on top of the water.
There's a couple of places that can get a bit muddy in winter
Part of the extended Purple Track is basically on sheep track. Easy to roll and ankle, care needed.
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