T42 Traverse Intermediate
Submitted by Sarah Jackson
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Back country - remote
Point to Point (one way)
Undulating, small hills only
Native bushOpen farmlandsOpen tussock/grasslands
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Follow the T42 Traverse signs and the obvious 4x4 track for most of the route through to Whakapapa River bridge. After crossing the bridge follow the road to Owhango.
NB as far as the bridge this follows the route of the 42 Traverse race but the trails used by the event to take competitors up the hill to Owhango are private. Please do not use them and stick to the road instead.
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Features of interest
Great views from the track edges for much of the route, as well as distant views of volcanos. Nice stream crossings and stunning river towards end, plus a section of superb old-growth forest near the end.
Make Up of Run
Untracked / Route only: 0%
Technical Single Track: 0%
Moderate Single Track: 0%
Easy Single Track: 15%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 85%
Gravel Road: 0%
Sealed Road: 0%
Volcanic Highway from National Park and then drive up Kapoors Road to the carpark at the end.
You'll need a car at each end.
Just keep an eye on the many 4WD junctions along the route!
Waterproof 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 blanket, Cellphone, Map.
Plenty of nice clear stream crossings after the first 15km.
VERY cold and potential icy in winter - go prepared!
Slippy underfoot at times, with ruts from 4WD vehicles. Watch out for vehicles during summer season. Several stream crossings that may be deeper after heavy rain (only ankle/calf-deep otherwise)
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