Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Te Maire Track

Taumarunui, Manawatu - Wanganui

Submitted by Mike Tennent

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Grunt Factor: 8

Gnarl Factor: 25








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible


Very hilly

Native bush


Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +13.1%

Average Downhill Gradient: -13.9%


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Very straightforward route... not really anywhere you can go wrong on this extremely well formed trail. When you come to the intersection go left for a steeper climb and a longer downhill that you can let loose on. If you want to run up the hill then go right and slog up followed by the steeper downhill. There are plenty of steps, but especially on the way down there are usually alternates next to the steps to keep it free flowing. For a short run it has a good solid amount of vert and a great downhill. 

Some lovely native bush and very old established trees,

Parking for 3 to 4 vehicles in the carpark, quiet road though, so parking on the verge of the road would be safe.

14 km

15 minutes





Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

Take your own if required

Overall a very well formed track that should be runnable year round. The only question would be the stream if there has been heavy rain.

Only the stream after heavy rain.

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Trail Reviews

Ran this twice today on my way to/from Whanganui.
A lot of rain sees the stream at a murky knee high level so crossing was testy.
The morning edition was my first run in daylight, definitely easier to navigate on the slippery trail.
The evening edition started at sunset which allowed me to get to the summit unaided with headlight needed to finish the loop.
The step infill is getting compacted so the timber frames are prominent which also means a bit slippy in the wet.
Maybe the trail people could drop some metal fill when they do the trail markers and fallen tree clearing?

Paul Ewart

August 8, 2021

Another great night run, although started just on sun set so the low level of light played havoc on my eyes, to light for lamp to dark for light. Once dark hit away again.
Does any one know where to get the reflective markers?

Paul Ewart

July 11, 2021

Great night run although when I was there many trees had fallen over the track. On a clear night like this one if you get to the summit check out the stars.

Paul Ewart

July 3, 2021

Beautiful, easy trail not far out of Taumarunui. Perfect stop as you’re heading north/south.

Matt Rowbotham

March 21, 2021

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