Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Pureora Double

Te Kuiti, Manawatu - Wanganui

Submitted by Malcolm Law

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Grunt Factor: 30 ?

Gnarl Factor: 46 ?








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Type of Run

Back country - remote


Very hilly

Dog Friendly

Native bush

Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +11.4%

Average Downhill Gradient: -12.2%


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Dog Friendly if kept on a lead - permits thru DOC

The trail starts on the Link Track. Mt Pureora is signed as being 3kms away but it's closer to 2.5k in reality. It's all uphill, steep in places, with LOTS of steps (I tried counting them but gave up!) You'll be in beautiful bush filled with birdsong almost right to the top, where the trail bursts into the open to give great views in every direction. You'll see Mt Tuatara to the south-east, Putauaki (Mt Edgecumbe) to the north-east and Pirongia to the north-west.

Leave the summit by the opposite side to that which you arrived (signposted to Bog Inn Hut) and follow the very gnarly, technical, washed-out trail steeply downhill for 1km to a junction with the Timber Trail. Turn right and follow this broad, well-made cycle trail for about 3.5km to the junction with the Toi Toi Track. Turn right here and follow this technically challenging trail uphill for 1.8 km to take the summit of Pureora for a second time.

The way down is the same as the way you came up at the start of the run - only this time it's fast, flowing Yeeha! downhill running - enjoy!

NB When you get to the trig, the trail out the other side now has a sign saying "This track is no longer maintained by DOC". The first few hundred metres are a bit overgrown but you can find your way easy enough and once you reach the bushline it is easy to follow.

This trail includes the peak Pureora.

Stunning 360 views from the summit and one of the North Island's best downhill runs to finish with.

There's a pull-out on the opposite side of the road to the track start, sufficient for 3-4 cars. Don't leave valuables in the car - not sure whether there's a history of car break-ins or not, but this is a very secluded, quiet spot.

63 km

55 minutes




Just keep an eye out for the signposts and you shouldn't go wrong


Short-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

There's no safe drinking water on the route so take your own.

The trails, particularly the Link and Toi Toi Tracks could be very muddy and slippery after heavy rain.

Tree roots and the edges of steps - run don't fly!

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Jasmine MNijel

has completed Pureora Double once in the last year.

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Trail Reviews

I did this trail after Titiraupenga as a bit of a mission to get here and thought it a good idea at the time to tick them both off. Took me 2 hours as a rough guide for time for this leg. There are magnificent unimpeded 360 degree views which also take in Titiraupenga. The track no longer maintained by DOC is pretty rough but still easily manageable.

Anthony Sowerby

October 9, 2022

This is such a gem of place! on a clear day you can see as far as Mount Taranaki- that is really far! I absolutely loved the the un-maintained downhill track, your legs get a bit scratched from the small scrub at the top but once under the tree canopy its primo as. The timber trail, easy going under the huge towering trees covered in moss. my cup is full after doing this, just what i needed after the covid lockdown.

Linda Downes

May 21, 2020

Beautiful View at the top - could see ALL the mountains. Very well maintained trail. Dog friendly if kept on a lead & DOC permit.Entrance to this trail is Across the road from the small carpark.

Lynne Kiernan

March 17, 2020

Great wee run... if it wasn't the difficulty getting to the start area and for the stairs (about 950 just in the first section to the trig) then it probably would have been a 5. Just the right mix, technical trail, moderate trails and the hard and fast cycle trail.... enough climbing to keep you honest without totally wrecking you... and some magic views on top... a bit murky today with residue from the Aussie bush fires, but still stunning!

Mike Tennent

November 24, 2019

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