Hauturu High Point - WestBeginner - Intermediate
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Front country - easily accessible
Out and Back
Undulating, some big hills
Beginner - Intermediate
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Easy going single trail through forest to start with. All runnable. It is an old bridle way so is well-formed although some areas of erosion to be careful of. Once you get to the Framptons Hut turn off the trail is much more rugged and climbs steeply. Could be muddy in wet conditions and awkward to climb. The track is well-marked but is overgrown in places.
The trail climbs gradually as it traverses along the slope through the forest. Easy underfoot though there are some boggy sections as the path crosses streams. The track is an old bridleway and you can see that it is slightly raised with clear edges for the most part but there are areas where erosion has narrowed the trail and the drop off to the edges is quite steep.
A gate marks the junction where the 4WD track to Frampton’s Hut veers off from the main trail to the left. Waima Main Range Track and Hauturu Highpoint track to the right. Another ten minutes on along a narrower path is the next junction. Right to Hauturu and straight on to follow the main track.
Now you start to climb! Steep and rugged in places, make good use of trees, branches and roots to navigate the muddy, rooty slopes through beautiful native forest. You emerge at a meadow and a great view and then continue along the forested ridgeline before descending steeply to a stream and then climbing back up again. At a junction you can continue down to Waiotemarama Waterfall (approx 5km) but for the summit turn left and follow the track to the trig.
There is no view at the summit, just a wooden trig but if you continue past the trig for a few minutes you emergte at the end of the ridge to a brilliant view looking out across the Waipoua Forest and to the coast. You can also see the Waima Range to the left.
Descend by same route. At junction go through the gate to follow 4WD track to hut.
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Features of interest
The first part of the track is an old bridleway. Framptons Hut is an old farmstead and worth visiting.
Make Up of Run
Technical Single Track: 20%
Moderate Single Track: 25%
Easy Single Track: 50%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 5%
From Opononi head east on SH12 for 4 km then turn onto Mountain Road. Continue for a further 5 km to the end of Mountain Road. You will go past Okopako Lodge up the hill and past a few houses before you reach the very end of the road. There is a Doc sign ahead of you. Two driveways lead up to houses but there is a space to pull in to the left and park.
There is probably only space for one vehicle, two at a push.The space at the top is also the turning space for the residents from the two houses so pull right in to the left.
The route is pretty well-marked but the sign to the summit is a bit overgrown so keep an eye out for it.
Short-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Compass, Map, Headtorch and spare batteries, Gaiters.
Some streams and small waterfalls
Water at hut - advice is to boil
Could be very muddy after rain
Mostly in shelter of trees
Post run indulgence
No1 Parnell - Cafe
Great coffee, lovely space
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