Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Waipunga Fling

Napier, Hawkes Bay

Submitted by Melissa Franklin

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Grunt Factor: 10 ?

Gnarl Factor: 16 ?








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Type of Run

Urban fringe


Undulating, small hills only

Plantation/exotic forest

Run Makeup


Gravel Road

Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +7.4%

Average Downhill Gradient: -7.5%


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This is call "fling" because its a nice little introduction to the Eskdale MTB park. Remember to buy a vistors permit ($10) from any bike shop in the bay or the four square in Bayview. You can also get a yearly membership if your prefer, but the permit gives you 3 weeks access. You can also get a map of the park if you need to help with navigation.

From the start at Waipunga Rd run straight up the shingle road and head for Blink, Barley and Twoman tracks. These are followed by Bypass and a short shingle road section to the bottom of Lower Magog. Continue up Lower Magog until Thistle which joins Bolt. Bolt will exit on to the shingle road, turn left and run the road until a track (Merv's) starts on your right. Follow this track until it exits by the tanks. Head up the road past the tanks to find DH link track. Run this track and find Blink and it will exit you back on to the road, run back to gate.

Pine forest

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Parking on side of road. I wouldn't leave valuables in you car.

21 km

20 minutes




Just look for signs and you should be right

Generally good.

Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map


Cold in forest in winter. Muddy when wet.

Look for fallen branches an pine cones as well as the odd MTB rider!

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Trail Reviews

Nice forest running, great on the day I ran it as it was 28 degrees in the sun so the shade was perfect. I highly recommend you get a map of the trails as many are not marked at all and there doesn’t appear to be an online version... hence my run was a bit longer than the one described but still fun. Will be back with a map to explore some more!

Mike Tennent

January 24, 2018

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