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Silica Rapids trail, Manawatu - Wanganui

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Submitted by Orla Drylie

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Manawatu - Wanganui

National Park

Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, some big hills

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


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



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This track starts 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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Overlapping Runs

The following trails overlap with this run to some degree. You may wish to combine them but please note that to qualify for FKTs on these runs you should record a separate Strava activity for each

Whakapapaiti Loop

Whakapapaiti Loop

Length: 18.50km

Ruapehu Mile Higher Club

Ruapehu Mile Higher Club

Length: 32.00km


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  • Access

    Track starts opposite the fire station

    Parking at head of the trail. No public transport

    16 km

    12 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    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
    Good coffees and food for all taste buds

    Tussock Pub
    Whakapapa Village
    Good, honest pub grub with a great selection of draught beers

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