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Takorika Bites!, Marlborough

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Takorika Bites!Beginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Mike Tennent

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Native bush
Plantation/exotic forest
Open tussock/grasslands
Open ridges/tops

Beginner - Intermediate

3:30 (Slow)
2:30 (Moderate)
1:30 (Fast)



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Head up the trail and, at the very start, there is a box on the side with walking sticks (straight branches), for use when climbing. Head on up the 4wd road through the gate ignoring the side trails.

About 400m from where you left the sealed road you will see a sign for Takorika Peak, start your climb in earnest. From here it is a straightforward slog following the signs for Takorika. However you do have choices: firstly is the Lookout Loop off to your left, this does what it says and loops out to a viewpoint and then climbs back to the trail further up. Then further up you will come to an intersection with the option of going left again onto the Escarpment Track. Again this lengthens the route but the climbing is probably a bit easier.

Eventually, just short of the top, you will come out onto the 4WD track. From the top, head back down the 4WD track/road for 1.2km passing the Waterfall Track and the MTB Track signs until you are right at the transmitter tower, follow the grassy signposted track (Ridge Track) to the right of the tower and start heading down.

Parts of this are runnable and parts not, so take care. Follow all the way down to an intersection nearly at the bottom with three options, take the one that heads down (the centre one) and it will spit you out just above the box to put your walking sticks in. Then back to your car and into town for a beer!

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Features of interest

Views, views and more views... stunning views over the Havelock area of the Sounds.

Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 0%

Technical Single Track: 50%

Moderate Single Track: 8%

Easy Single Track: 14%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 20%

Gravel Road: 0%

Sealed Road: 8%

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  • Access

    At the end of Lawrence Street right in Havelock.

    Plenty of parking on the road.

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  • Staying Safe


    Ignore all signs for Waterfall Track and stick to the Takorika Peak signs and orange triangle route.

    Generally good.

    Waterproof leggings, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Windproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Cellphone, Map.

    A few small streamlets early, but nothing after that, so take plenty.

    Much of this trail is very steep going on dirt trail that would be treacherous either uphill or downhill after lots of rain or in the wettest parts of winter. Discretion is advised before attempting it in those conditions.

    Lots of narrow, sloping, trail with loose scree on the 4WD tracks and of course tree roots and rocks.

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