To the Puketapu Pub!Beginner
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Park near the start of the track, look for the trail signpost directing you to Puketapu. Follow the limestone trail that leads you up this side of the river towards the half way point, Puketapu village. The trail comes out onto Puketapu Road, turn left and cross the road to continue for 500 meters on the limestone trail before turning left onto Dartmoor and towards Puketapu Village. Here, there is the Puketapu pub and a store should you wish to stop for refreshments.
Follow along Dartmoor Road, turning left at Vicarage Road towards the river, cross over the one lane bridge (be aware of cars). Turn sharply after the bridge and follow the limestone track back down the other side of the river.
Cross the river for the second time near Waiohiki Marae onto Redclyffe bridge. Using the cycle/walking way clip-on, run under the bridge and return to the carpark to finish the loop.
Features of interest
The Tutaikuri River. The Puketapu Pub and store at the half way point.
Te Mata peak and the Ruahine Ranges in the background.
Make Up of Run
Easy Single Track: 90%
Sealed Road: 10%
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The track starts near the corners of Springfield and Gloucester Street opposite Otatara Pā Historic Reserve carpark.
There is plenty of parking on the side of the road by the track entrance. If this is full, park across the road at Otatara Pā Historic Reserve carpark.
River may be high after heavy rain.
Cyclists on the track.
Cars crossing the road bridges.
Stock roaming on the track.
Post run indulgence
679 Puketapu Road, Puketapu
Great Country Pub
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