Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

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6 Foot Track - NZ Style

Kaikohe, Northland

Submitted by Mike Tennent

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 10 ?

Gnarl Factor: 44 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, some big hills

Native bush

Plantation/exotic forest


Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup


Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +14.8%

Average Downhill Gradient: -14.8%


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Pretty straightforward. Follow the DOC orange triangles. Early on the trail is pretty much all runnable with only a a gentle uphill slope with the odd technical bit. The higher you go the more tech bits that pop up. Eventually you come to a fence with a stile and a DOC sign on the other side. For the sake of this trip you are heading left up the 4WD track to Framptons Hut. The other trail heads up to the top of Hauturu.

Head up the 4WD track and once there you can check out the hut.... pretty old-school but well looked after. I then kept on up the hill to try and find a good view... after several hundred metres it became apparent that I wasn't going to get one, so turned and headed back down. You can do the extra for some vert if you want or head straight back from the hut. A really enjoyable after-work jaunt, enough gentle climbing to get the body warmed up and plenty of great views.

A few fantastic views over the Hokianga

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Not much parking but not much competition for it either!

52 km

47 minutes




Look for the orange triangles, they can be a bit spars but you should find them.


Waterproof 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, Headtorch and spare batteries

Quite a few wee streamlets and a good strong stream just over halfway up.

Some muddy bits even in a hot dry summer, looked like it could be a bit boggy in winter but this is the far north, so I guess it will probably be ok.

A few steep fall-offs to be wary of and a couple of trails built over slips.

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