Sutherland's Puriri BushBeginner - Intermediate
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Beginner - Intermediate
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This was a little gem... not much elevation but makes up for it in technical!
Climb the stile over the fence and follow the pretty obvious trail to the Map board. Have a bit of a look at it to get a feel for where you are going, then head off on the left fork. Straight away you will get tree roots, a bit of mud if it has been wet, the odd patch of lovely mossy trail... just lovely native running. The track is very well marked with blue markers.There are no off-shoot trails so follow the trail for about 2.3 km when you will come to a sign and a trail off to the right... ignore this for now and stay on the main trail for about another 500m... then you will reach another sign, this time turn right... from now you are following the yellow markers.
This trail loops around to the first sign you passed. When you get back there, turn right and do that section again until you reach the second sign again. This time head left and follow the main trail. The same routine happens again, you will pass a signpost on you right for the red trail... ignore the first one and take the second, loop around and again turn right and use the main trail, this time passing the second sign and heading straight on. In no time you are back at the mapboard and a short run to the car. If you are confused by the loops, watch the dot on the Google Map above.
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Features of interest
Lots of birds around, great 'one step up from wild' trail, river views. Some ancient Maori storage pits towards the end of the run.
Make Up of Run
Untracked / Route only: 0%
Technical Single Track: 50%
Moderate Single Track: 20%
Easy Single Track: 30%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 0%
Gravel Road: 0%
Sealed Road: 0%
Put 2395 Turakina Valley Road into the GPS and that will take you right next to the Reserve. The sign is reasonably large so you should be ok.
A small amount of parking about 50m along the road from the stile that you climb to start the tracks.
Just occasionally you might lose sight of the next marker. Take your time as it is usually visible somewhere. If you go more that about 50m without seeing one, backtrack to the last one and double-check.
Thermal leggings, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Cellphone, Map, Headtorch and spare batteries.
A couple of streamlets ... the river is close but down a dirty great bank.
I ran after several days of heavy rain and the track had puddles and the odd muddy bit, but nothing I could not jump or skirt around easily. Because it is remote and back country I suggest full safety gear if you are on your own.
Tree roots, tree roots and more tree roots. Also in a couple of places the trail is very close to the edge of the dropoff to the river.
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