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Sweet Tukituki

Waipukurau, Hawkes Bay

Submitted by Melissa Franklin

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Grunt Factor: 5 ?

Gnarl Factor: 9 ?








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Type of Run

Urban fringe

Out and Back

Totally/mostly flat

Dog Friendly


Run Makeup


Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +0.8%

Average Downhill Gradient: -0.8%


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Run along the track which goes to the right of the limestone track and continue to follow this single track. Sometimes you will cross on to a 4wd track but always look for the single track which usually is between the stop bank (limestone track) and 4wd track. Stop bank will be on your left side as you continue up the river. At just after 2 kms you will exit the trees to a grass area, you can either follow the single track up the stop bank to the limestone track and then follow this to the highway bridge or run through the grass area (follow the little trail dig out by bikes and runners) to the highway bridge. At the bridge turn around and go back to start. Sometimes I prefer to loop around by running up on to the stop bank (if exited trees on to grass) or running down from stop bank and then returning to trees.

This is also a Mountain Bike track so look out for bikers. Dogs are OK but watch for possum bait (Council put up signs when it is laid out). If your dog loves chasing rabbits, there are a few to chase! The mountain bike track continue on the other side of river, so you can extend this run by crossing the highway bridge and explore the other side (see Tukituki Muddy Side trail guide).

(At the starting point of this trail you can also continue to explore the mountain bike trail as it continues to the left. This does continue down stream of the river but it often unmarked and difficult to follow and if you do explore this way, it is best to back track your footsteps otherwise you might end up in a quarry. Hopefully soon the river trail bridge will be completed and a loop course linking both sides of the river will be done)

River and bird sounds, very serene

Side of Mt Herbert road just past Mangatarata Road

3 km

4 minutes




Just keep an eye out for the single track, keeping the stop bank on your left and the 4wd track on your right (river on the right).

Perfect throughout.

Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map

Don't drink from river or any streams going into river (river ok for dogs, but not the streams). If you need water, when you get to the halfway point, go up onto the stopbank and you will see Russell Park. By the playground is a drinking tap, plus a toilet block. No dogs off lead are allowed in Russell Park.

Just gets a little muddy in winter but you could run it in light trail shoes and in summer in road shoes.

Watch for mountain bikers, other runners/walkers and dogs (often people run their dogs off lead around here, but most are responsible and wouldn't if their dog was dangerous)

Expresso locco
Railway Esplanade (re-named bogle brothers esplanade), old train station in Waipukurau
Best coffee in town, but sadly closed on a Sunday.

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Kendall Peacock

Kendall Peacock

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This is my local track. There isn't much locally for me so I have to work with what there is. Therefore, this track is a nice little run that gets me off-road that I always enjoy.

Melissa Franklin

April 27, 2017

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