Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

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The Dragon amongst the Gums

Waipukurau, Hawkes Bay

Submitted by Melissa Franklin

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

Beginner - Intermediate

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I've done it Done

Grunt Factor: 9 ?

Gnarl Factor: 22 ?

8.0km

145m

145m

190m

  

  

  

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Trail Map

Type of Run

Urban fringe

Loop

Undulating, some big hills

Plantation/exotic forest

Run Makeup

75%
25%

Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +5.3%

Average Downhill Gradient: -6.4%

Trailhead

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Estimated Times to Run

1:15

Slow

0:55

Moderate

0:45

Fast

Starting from the gate going up the driveway. As you go up the rise you will see a gate on right. Enter trails through this.

Your first climb is a zig zag up and on the third zig zag (after about 150m) you should see a trail going steeply up on your right coming off the trail you are on. Watch for this as its can be easily missed. Follow this trail as it weaves its way through the gums. At about 1.75km you should arrive at the top dam. Go right here and around the back on the dam and after about 150m you will see a trail on up the hill to your right.

Follow this upwards as it zig zags up the hill. You will arrive at the top of the hill and by the water tank you will see a gate on your right (it should be open) and the trail going down the other side of the hill you just came up. Follow this trail as it takes you around the backside of the park and you will eventually come up to the top of that zig zag climb you made up from the dam (about 5.8km into the run). Go left back down to the dam and instead of tracing back the way you came up from the bottom of the park, go right once you reach the dam and enjoy a cool run down the park and back to the gate and driveway.

Gum Trees and Dams

Plenty on parking on the road. No access via the driveway for cars.

4 km

7 minutes

Unknown

No

Easy.

No major issues, you can't really get too lost in this park.

Perfect throughout.

Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Whistle, First aid kit, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Map

No water on course, don't drink from dams!

Can get quite muddy in winter and the sheep sometimes cut up the track.

Watch for sheep and mountain bikers

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Trail Reviews

A great mix of up and down! Love it!

Bruce Perry

March 6, 2019

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