Wharite Peak Double Intermediate - Experienced
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Front country - easily accessible
Out and Back
Native bushOpen farmlands
Intermediate - Experienced
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Start at the start of Wharite Road. Follow the gravel road for around 6.5km then make a right turn on 'Private Road' (this is public access to the Ruahine Forest Park). Follow this for another 3.5km up to the top. Admire the view, be prepared for it to be windy and cold in winter! Behind the communications tower is the start of the DOC track to Coppermine Creek. Follow this well marked trail until you reach the main river track, turn right and head to the carpark. Turn around and head back to the start! The DOC track is very steep in places, and slippery in winter. Decent trail shoes advised.
Features of interest
Large communications tower at the top. Beautiful view back down the Tararua ranges, Kapiti Island, Coast, Mt Ruapehu
Make Up of Run
Technical Single Track: 40%
Easy Single Track: 10%
Gravel Road: 50%
Park on the roadside at the beginning of Wharite road
No public transport available. There is space along the Woodlands road and start of Wharite road to park
Make sure you take the right turn onto 'Private Road', around 6.5km into the run. Turn right where the Wharite peak DOC track meets the Coppermine River track to get to the carpark.
Thermal 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, Cellphone, Map.
Coppermine creek/river has drinkable water
Cold at the top in winter, you will need a thermal top at the least. Very muddy and slippery downhill into Coppermine creek after rain
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