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Pureora Double, Manawatu - Wanganui

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Pureora DoubleIntermediate

Submitted by Malcolm Law

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Manawatu - Wanganui

Te Kuiti

Back country - remote


Very hilly

Native bush
Open ridges/tops


2:30 (Slow)
1:50 (Moderate)
1:25 (Fast)



Dog Friendly if kept on a lead - permits thru DOC

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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NB When you get to the trig, the trail out the other side now has a sign saying "This track is no longer maintained by DOC".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.

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Features of interest

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

Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 40%

Easy Single Track: 60%

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  • Access

    The start is very much in the Back of Beyond. Pretty much equidistant from Te Kuiti, Taupo or Taumaranui but not easily accessed from any of them! It's off a little-used gravel road (frequented mostly by logging trucks) that cuts through the Pureora Forest Park from the village of Pureora to SH32 (the western Lake Taupo road.) The best way to find it is to plug these coordinates into www.topomaps.co.nz -38.536417,175.645208

    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



  • Staying Safe


    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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