Pukaka Valley TrackBeginner
Submitted by Mike Tennent
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Front country - easily accessible
Out and Back
Undulating, some big hills
Native bushPlantation/exotic forestRiverside
Head through the gate by the carpark and head across the picnic area to the trail. After a few hundred metres the trail turns to gravel farm track and then quickly back to single track. Just keep following the orange triangles.
The first 2.5km is cruisy and flowing, little ups and downs. When you get to the DOC sign that all changes and you hop on the elevator... 400m vert in the next 2km as you climb, climb and climb some more.
Eventually you reach another DOC sign, this one is on the Mt Robertson Loop Trail. To finish this trail you can turn here and enjoy some awesome downhill... or if you really want to bag some points and serious vert you could do the full Mt Roberston Loop. Either way back to the same point and then head back down.
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Features of interest
Some great native bush, abundant birdlife.
Make Up of Run
Untracked / Route only: 0%
Technical Single Track: 15%
Moderate Single Track: 35%
Easy Single Track: 48%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 2%
Gravel Road: 0%
Sealed Road: 0%
Heading towards Picton from Blenheim, turn right into Hunter Road at Tuamarina, the main road veers left after a little bit and becomes Pembers Road, start watching for Pukaka Road on your left... once on Pukaka Road, veer slightly left and over the cattle-stop. Follow the road -which becomes gravel quickly - to the end. Towards the end there are a coupleof small signs pointing the way.
A good sized carpark.
Fllow the orange triangles... there are plenty
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, Survival bag, Cellphone, Map.
A stream next to you for most of the first 2km and last 2km.
Can get muddy after heavy rain
Some technical ascent and descent with steep sections, tree roots etc.
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