Mahinepua Peninsula TrackBeginner
Submitted by Andre Chalmers
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Front country - easily accessible
Undulating, small hills only
Native bushPlantation/exotic forestBeachCoastal
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Northland is a chilled out place. So the best way to enjoy it is to chill on the beach with a BBQ or picnic then hit this trail for a some unreal views of the Bay of Islands and get your heart pumping for a few minutes, then take a plunge in the warm sea in this spectacular bay. There is a loop at the end of the peninsula so you can choose which direction to go in, take time to stop and take in the view.
You are unlikely to get into trouble on this one but if you are a complete newbie take a mate, if you are advanced take the opportunity to go off track and explore some of the sweet as beaches.
There are numerous little trails to check out around this region, if the Mahinepua Track is too short for you drive down the road and check out the St Paul's Rock Track in Whangaroa.
My rating is based on the fact it is a lot of effort for a short trail...hence the emphasis on other activities.
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Features of interest
Look out for the rare native mistletoe. The bays surround you and on a lucky day you may see whales or dolphins!
Make Up of Run
Untracked / Route only: 0%
Technical Single Track: 0%
Moderate Single Track: 20%
Easy Single Track: 75%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 5%
Gravel Road: 0%
Sealed Road: 0%
From Wainui Road head down the unsealed Mahinepua Road, once you get to the beach the Cavalli Beach House will be on your left, there is ample parking here. Then find the DoC sign just past the beach house which leads you to the start of the track.
No public transport you will need to drive there, ample parking is near the Cavalli Beach house and track start.
Keep to the formed track, there is for example some roads near the start that might confuse you. The signage is ample so read them!
Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Windproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
Very little drinking water available on anywhere on the track.
Runnable all year round, the main issues to think about are wind as it is coastal and rain as it is quite exposed. Rain may make some sections muddy and slippery.
There are a couple of places where there are steep drop offs especially at the end of the peninsula, obviously be careful around these areas.
This location is a long way from the nearest town so although it is short and sharp make sure you take ample supplies.
Post run indulgence
Spice Grill Indian Restaurant
20 Leigh St, Kaeo, New Zealand
For a wicked curry and it's probably the closest town to your run head to this place, awesome value.
Food at Wharepuke Restaurant
190 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri 0230, New Zealand
Your probably staying at Kerikeri during your Northland stay since it's such a cool place, I love palm trees so head to this joint for a great meal.
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