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Once Was An Island, Hawkes Bay

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Once Was An IslandBeginner

Submitted by Gary Richardson

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Hawkes Bay


Front country - easily accessible


Totally/mostly flat

Open farmlands


1:15 (Slow)
1:00 (Moderate)
0:40 (Fast)



Note in July to September lambing may affect the status so check DOC website.

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This loop can be shortened easily, the 8.4km is two laps and then a short blast to the top of the hill in the middle. Go either direction from the carpark, cannot get lost just keep the hook to your left or right. After your two laps, head straight up the single track in front of you, this used to be a Maori pa and was an island before the 1931 earthquake. There is a small installation at the summit and some information before you descend back to the carpark the same way.

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Features of interest

Former Maori Pa.

Make Up of Run

Easy Single Track: 100%

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  • Access

    Turn off SH2 opposite the Z Station into Onehunga Road. The carpark is just over the small one way bridge.

    Plenty of car parking.

    11 km

    12 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Perfect throughout.

    Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.


    Watch for sheep and magpies.

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