Last Updated: 25th Apr 2024

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Hauhangatahi Wilderness

Last Updated: 25th Apr 2024

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 27 ?

Gnarl Factor: 37 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only

Native bush

Open tussock/grasslands

Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +13.7%

Average Downhill Gradient: -13.5%


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An out and back trail to reach the sign and views of the Hauhungatahi Wilderness.

From the sign you could pick your own route and bush bash to make your way to the summit of Hauhangatahi. A mix of lovely easily runnable trail, with the odd obstacle of washed out trail filled with logs or scrambling down rocks. A few stretches of boardwalk totaling 700m and one veering off the Whakapapaiti track, towards Hauhangatahi and Mangahuia, a bit of boggy peat track.

Keep your eyes peeled for Whio at the bridges. Enjoy the old sign which still shows miles.

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There is a carpark at the trailhead, directly across the road from the fire station.

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The junctions are all clearly marked, just keep an eye out for them.

Very patchy.

Waterproof leggings, Thermal leggings, Lightweight fleece top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Map, Headtorch and spare batteries, Gaiters

Fill up before the start, in front of the holiday park office, or fountain at the public toilets. There are streams along the way, but use your own judgement as to drinkability.

It is an alpine environment, so be prepared for changeable weather.

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Jonathan Drake

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