Stone Store to RainbowBeginner
Submitted by Mike Tennent
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Out and Back
Undulating, small hills only
Native bushPlantation/exotic forestRiverside
A couple of parts of the trail are not recommended if the river is in flood.
As you leave the carpark look straight over the road, next to the signpost (pointing to the loos) you will see a worn unofficial trail next to a wooden fence. Follow that small trail and you will come down onto the path to the footbridge over the river. Over you go... on the other side turn left immediately onto the grass.... look over the grass under the trees and you should see a DOC sign about 100m away. Head to that and then follow the trail.
After a kilometre or so you will reach Wharepuke Falls, not as high but just as impressive as Rainbow. Stop now for pics or on the way back. Then just follow the main trail to Rainbow Falls. Once you get there and have a couple of pics, carry on up the hill past the low view of the falls to the upper viewing area which conveniently occurs at almost exactly 4km. Than just retrace you steps... except when you go over the footbridge again, head left at the end, then down onto the grass and swing around to the right to take in the very cool Stone Store
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Features of interest
Two lovely waterfalls, plenty of rapids and of course the Stone Store.... oh and an early Hydro Power Station.
Make Up of Run
Untracked / Route only: 0%
Technical Single Track: 0%
Moderate Single Track: 0%
Easy Single Track: 100%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 0%
Gravel Road: 0%
Sealed Road: 0%
Drive to the Kerikeri Road entrance to the Stone Store and there is a good size public carpark there. Don't go too far and park in the restaurant carpark unless you are eating there.
Good size carpark, never been full of the 10 or so times I have run this route.
You should never go wrong on this track... very easy!
Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Cellphone.
There is a whole river full right next to you most of the way, but this run was so cruisey I went with no drink at all.
Stay away if river is in flood, could get a touch muddy in really bad weather, but the trail is so good you really shouldn't have any problems.
The danger with well formed trails is that very occasional root or rock that sticks up. This trail caught me the second time I ran it with a very innocuous rock grabbing my foot and sending me sprawling.