Submitted by Tim Thatcher
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From the carpark cross the large swing bridge and head along the single track. You soon reach the first waterfall which is worth a look. Then head up the steep hill which can be gloriously muddy in winter. At the top of the track you reach a lookout over Tongoio falls. From the lookout follow the track up the hill. It meanders through some native bush before skirting around the edge of some pine forest. After a few km's you reach state highway 2. Carefully cross this busy road and head into White Pine bush. This is a short easy little loop with some nice bush. Then cross the road and head back the way you came.
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Features of interest
Tongoio and Te Ana falls, White Pine bush features Kahikatea.
Make Up of Run
Technical Single Track: 10%
Moderate Single Track: 60%
Easy Single Track: 30%
The Tongoio Falls carpark is 25mins from Napier on State Highway 2. As you head inland from the coast and pass the Marae the large carpark is on the right.
Plenty of carparking. As with all DoC carparks do not keep any valuables in your car.
Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
There is no water on the track.
Can be very muddy on the hill.
Be very careful crossing State Highway 2. It is easy to run straight off the track onto the road. It is a busy road and you should stop before crossing.
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