Last Updated: 25th Apr 2024


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Whakapapanui Pure Trail

Last Updated: 25th Apr 2024


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Grunt Factor: 10 ?

Gnarl Factor: 18 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only

Native bush

Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +8.8%

Average Downhill Gradient: -8.9%


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Super flowy and totally runnable trail above the Whakapapanui Stream, sheltered amongst the native beech forest. The trail pops out across a short boardwalk to cross a wetland, before reaching the bottom bridge. On a clear day you will be rewarded with a view of Mount Ngāuruhoe, before heading back to the start.

There is a carpark at the bottom, so you could also do this run in the reverse, if you prefer a gradual uphill warmup. This run can also be easily linked & combined with any combo of the Silica Rapids, Whakapapaiti, Hauhangatahi or Mangahuia tracks, to make it any level from beginner, medium to off the dial wild 😁

There are some tiny pitstop/ detours to view the river and golden rapids along the way. 

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There is a carpark at the trailhead, directly across the road from the fire station. There is also a carpark at the bottom end, if you are wanting to run in the reverse.

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Just make sure to turn down the Whakapapanui track, at the junction approximately 300m from the start.


Lightweight fleece top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, First aid kit, Survival blanket, Cellphone

There is a water station just in front of the Whakapapa Holiday Park Office & at the public toilets, both just downhill of the carpark (approximately 200m).

It's an alpine environment, so always be prepared.

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DJ Gillming

has completed Whakapapanui Pure Trail twice in the last year.

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Overlapping Trails

These overlap with this trail 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 activity for each.

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Level: Beginner

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