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Silica Rapids trail, Manawatu - Wanganui

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Silica Rapids trailBeginner

Submitted by Orla Drylie

Info Info

Trail Information

7.80km

260m

260m

 

Manawatu - Wanganui

National Park

Front country - easily accessible

Loop

Undulating, some big hills

Native bush
Plantation/exotic forest
Riverside
Open tussock/grasslands
Open ridges/tops
Volcanic

Beginner

1:20 (Slow)
1:00 (Moderate)
0:45 (Fast)

-6.9%

+7.1%

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Description

This track starts 200 metres up from the Visitor Centre - across the road from the fire station. Follow the signs around for Silica Rapids, keeping to the left at intersections. After 5km, you will come out onto Bruce Road, turn left and it's just over 2km downhill on the road to the village. Alternatively, to avoid the road and lengthen the run, you could re-trace your steps back past the rapids


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Features of interest

Silica rapids, great views of Mt Ruapehu and Mt Ngauruhoe. You can see Mt Taranaki on a very clear day


Make Up of Run

Moderate Single Track: 20%

Easy Single Track: 50%

Sealed Road: 30%


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  • Access

    Beside The Chateau

    Parking at head of the trail. No public transport

    16 km

    12 minutes

    No

    No

  • Staying Safe

    Easy.

    Generally good.

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

    Streams en-route producing great drinking water

    It is very exposed and at a high altitude in places. It can get very windy. Stick to the trails and abandon if required.

  • Post run indulgence

    Pihanga Cafe
    Whakapapa Village
    https://www.chateau.co.nz/food-drinks/pihanga-cafe-and-t-bar/
    Good coffees and food for all taste buds

    Tussock Pub
    Whakapapa Village
    https://www.chateau.co.nz/food-drinks/tussock-bar-restaurant/
    Good, honest pub grub with a great selection of draught beers

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